Jan 2, 2008

BRUTES AND SAVAGES

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Let’s join Arthur Davis on his expedition to find the answer to the world’s shocking secrets and explore the weird religious rites in Brutes and Savages. The film opens on religious and sexual rites in a primitive tribe in Africa; we get to see how the men paint their faces and fight to the death over the women of the tribe. We see how the young men has to go through the test of proving their manhood by crossing a crocodile infested river, and the hilariously fake death scene when one of the young men is “violently” attacked by a crocodile. Then Arthur Davis takes us to South America where he will probe into the mysteries of the Inca Indians, and we get to see a turtle sacrifice at the wedding of a young couple. He shows us the harsh reality of the poverty and slums of South America before he takes us on to even more rites of native Indians. Countless acts of violence against animals, man vs. animals and animals vs. animals. Then he shows us the cocaine fields of Bolivia, followed by stone throwing Indians to a long scene of Brain surgery. Davis takes us to an archaeological museum to illegally film the erotic pottery of the Inca Indians before he finishes off his expedition by probing into a mating ceremony including Llamas.


The Mondo genre, created by the powerful and magnificent Mondo Cane, spawned many spin offs and imitations. One of the more m
oronic and stupid of these imitations is Brutes and Savages. The film shows us very little credible footage and very much of the “real” scenes are painfully faked, and one can see the natives being embarrassed of being in front of the camera. Even some of the animals seem to be ashamed of being put in front of the camera. All of the “bizarre rites” seems suspicious and almost every scene is followed by a scene of animal killing of some kind. Even in the liner notes of the DVD Chris Poggiali even questions if Arthur Davis even set foot in Africa during the making of this film(!). The film is however exploitation in its purest form and can provide some semi perverted kicks here and there for the more jaded exploitation freak, but most of the footage shown in the film is so awkward and stupid it’s not even worth it for your curiosity. The only really positive thing with this film is the excellent soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park, & Mondo Cane) which fits nicely in with all the nature shots and weirdness in the film. The Mondo genre itself has many enlightening, powerful and disturbing pictures well worth your time and money, but Brutes and Savages is definitively not one of these!!!

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