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Mondo Cane

Session 4: Altered states



Mondo Cane*
Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi
1962 / Italy / 35 mm / 108 min / OV with Catalan subtitles

“All the scenes you will see in this film are true. If they are shocking, it is only because there are many shocking things in this world...” These are the words that open Mondo Cane, the first in the genre known as mondo, and a box-office hit in 1962. The film is primarily made up of archive material showing excerpts of situations in various places around the world: tribal customs in Papua, pet funerals in Pasadena, massages for drunken men in Japan, a performance by Ives Klein and much more parade kaleidoscopically before our eyes for 108 minutes. The hallucinogenic collage of sex, violence and anomaly that is Mondo Cane heralds the type of narrative that we can now weave for ourselves by surfing YouTube. The film was a completely new phenomenon for the time and won several awards. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Oscar for the Best Song.

*Not recommended for under-16s.

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