Mondo Cane 2

  • 1965
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

The creators of the worldwide hit MONDO CANE return with a follow-up pastiche of oddities from around the world. While it retains most of its faults, particularly a refusal to delve beneath the surface of anything it shows us, MONDO CANE 2 is at least less offensive than its predecessor. The most tasteless sequence comes right at the beginning, and is presented...read more

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The creators of the worldwide hit MONDO CANE return with a follow-up pastiche of oddities from around the world. While it retains most of its faults, particularly a refusal to delve beneath the surface of anything it shows us, MONDO CANE 2 is at least less offensive than its predecessor.

The most tasteless sequence comes right at the beginning, and is presented as a dare. The unidentified British-accented narrator speaks of how MONDO CANE was banned in Britain because of its scenes of cruelty to dogs. Promising that there will be none of that in this film, the narrator makes an

immediate exception for a scene of dogs in London having their vocal cords surgically severed. It's impossible to tell if this footage is real or staged. The same is true of much of the footage shown in MONDO CANE 2: enough scenes are so obviously staged, such as the sequence of a Greek painter

who has his models spit paint onto a canvas, as to throw everything in the film into doubt. And even the scenes that seem real are deflated by a lack of background or context; it seems entirely plausible that journalist Gualtiero Jacopetti could have written the entire narration with no idea of

what was going on in the footage. (And gaffes like giving the population of the United States in 1963, when this film was released in Italy, as "300 million" do little to boost faith in his research.)

It doesn't much matter, as most of what is seen is inconsequential. Men performing at a drag show in Italy are crosscut with American police officers dressing as women to lure out rapists and muggers. Mexicans eat candy-filled skulls to celebrate the Day of the Dead, and burritos filled with live

insects. The rituals of African and Pacific tribes are presented with a combination of condescension and amusement (though the narration is a bit less smarmy than in MONDO CANE). Much of what is on view is mere silliness, like a display of ridiculous hats or a Sardinese competition to see who has

the hardest head. A few more somber segments, like white flamingos dying in a polluted lake or the famous footage of a Vietnamese monk immolating himself, are left to speak for themselves. Compared to its predecessor, MONDO CANE 2 isn't so much pernicious as it is merely pointless. (Violence,nudity, adult situations.)

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