“Mondo Cane” and Others: Films of the Castiglioni Brothers in Versailles Review


Versace – “The World of Dogs”, and much more: The Montana Room in Versailles will host a series of sex screenings from Monday, April 7, dedicated “Movies That Never Shown”. It’s about World moviesA cinematic genre that exploded in the 1960s that combined the form of the documentary with its purpose. Hit the audience with dazzling and controversial images and themes; The review, which included four events, was organized by Free areaIn collaboration with Castiglioni Museum And associations The path of the wind.

Create scandals by showing unimaginable and never seen

“It simply came to our notice then A retrospective featuring some documentaries related to the Mondo movie, ranging from the cinematographic work of the Castiglioni brothers.That, said the organizers. A genre born and spread in the sixties of the last century, the so-called “Mondo movie” represents a novelty, Strange, most unusual, but a selection of extreme windows was known world
The critique was not gentle at the time, highlighting all the ambiguity and potential cunning of this kind of movie, while for the public, eager to be surprised, it was a great opportunity. Knowing about customs, space and stupidity that no one talks aboutOften not even magazines.
“It simply came to our notice then A real coded genre It only includes films that show situations collected from around the world, but they are, and are not, an exotic-ethnographic subject or more common “: The basic idea was that mainly epater la bourgeoisieThat is to create scandal The ideal carrier in the Prosperi-Jacopeti couple was unimaginable and unseen.

Tribal costumes and landscapes of wild Africa

The theme of Wild Africa, with its tribal customs and landscapes, but with the heinous remnants of colonialism, became a real catchphrase between the sixties and seventies: ” Brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni Which includes five of their feature films (some of which are under review). They have continued the tradition of cinema-truth in their own way ethnically and ethnically diagonally. Whose work originated in France Jean Rauch.
In recent times, in global culture, a movie has been born which we can define as global, in a kind of updated movie world, more conscious and international, including Michael Glauger Probably the most notable director. The current review, therefore, aims to offer The taste of a film genre that knows more than others how to share critics and viewersToday, however, more than half a century later, new critical lessons are appearing in the limelight.
The screening will take place Montana Room From 20.30 through the Dei Bersaglieri with the entrance and the estimate starts at 21; Admission is free and subject to availability. The following screening dates are:

April 7
“My Africa” ​​(Italy, 1971), by Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni
. Shocked by progress, primitive Africa is disappearing. The documentary – the material of which was collected along the way of the first explorers – is dedicated to this dying Africa which is violent and cruel, but for this reason it needs to be understood. Areas that have not yet been touched by whites in the 1960s have been visited: Upper Volta, Dahomey, Togo, Cameroon, and certain areas of Chad. Moments captured by the lens refer to birth, death, sexual initiation, marriage celebration. Angle is the relationship between man and nature, a direct, respectful, almost sacred relationship.

May 5th
“Africa Audio” (Italy, 1966) by Franco Prosperi and Gulatierro Jacopetti. Assuming that liberation from colonial domination has created a critical time of transition for Africa’s young nations, the documentary lists the episodes of the crisis, detailed in time and place: from the British trial to the Mau-Mau terrorists, from its rehabilitation to the rise of national leaders. , From the eviction of animals in the park to the killing of white settlers, from the bloody revenge of Simba to the unsettled regular government pay of Congolese tenants. The long report ends in Cape Town, taking into account the social and ethnic situation centered on the gold mine.

15 September
“Mondo Cane” (Italy, 1962) by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara. The “World Movie” genre parent documentary focuses on the unusual or tragic habits and customs of different peoples around the world, including intriguing tribal customs, drunken scenes, various killings and animal abuse, sea pollution, bizarre funerals, and rosy stripes. Unveiling the fans. The film then shows the usual bloody processions on Good Friday, which still take place in some centers in the south, where participants self-flag the body in devotion until there is a lot of bleeding, and a ceremony in Southeast Asia, where they have beheaded some bulls.

29 September
“Farewell to the Last Man” by Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni (Italy, 1979). An ethnographic feature film dedicated to ancestral cultures such as Kapsiki, Nuba and Shiluk in Sudan, Central Africa. The scenes that are shown document the struggle for survival, the crab horoscope, the tribal war, the war of the warriors, the practice of fertilizing the land and much more. The cultural and social aspects are seemingly primitive and wild in our eyes as Westerners, in fact the result of a millennium of knowledge that has allowed these human communities to survive in a difficult and hostile environmental context. Uses, practices, and customs compared to technology and science in the Western world.

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