|Franco E. Prosperi||Director|
Theatrical trailers; TV Spot; Poster & Still gallery; U.S. Press Book (DVD-ROM)
"Africa Blood & Guts", a retitling of "Africa, Addio", is a follow-up by the "documentarians" who produced the popular "Mondo Cane". This film catalogues in graphically hideous detail the slaughter of animals and humans alike. Lengthy sequences supposedly give an historical context to rebel fights in the Congo culminating in the execution of a political prisoner, and the film was swept with controversy, at the time of it's original release, with charges that the filmmaker's rather blatantly taunted the soldiers into commiting the execution for the camera. (What then is the validity of the filmmaker's "journalistic" context, except perhaps the engineering of the world's first true snuff film?). Lengthy sequences decrying the wholesale slaughter of animals are shocking and thought-provoking for awhile, but they go on and on and on, with the repetition becoming nausea inducing. Too crudely sledgehammer in it's approach to raise awareness of the scope of the depicted outrages, and with very suspect methodology in it's journalistic motives, the film ultimately succeeds in little except to raise your lunch from your stomach. The presentation by Blue Underground is spotless in it's 'scope visuals and is presented uncut in it's original form (though in English, not in the original Italian), despite being titled with it's truncated American-release title.