"The music in this motion picture is African music, played by Africans on African instruments. In the mid 1960s, the Hollywood star and former Olympic fencer Cornel Wilde took on the ambitious task of producing, directing and starring in an adventure film shot entirely in Africa. The tale takes place in the 19th century, and concerns a white safari leader who, after being stripped of his clothes and weapons, is forced to play a long round of the Most Dangerous Game against a clutch of strapping tribal warriors. The story is lean and harrowing, and so was the production, which took Wilde and his crew to a variety of remote parks and preserves in Rhodesia, South Africa, Bechuanaland, and Mozambique. The film Wilde wound up with is what you might call a classy Mondo movie, a strange and compelling blend of ethnographic exotica, exploitation, and solid Hollywood fare. The film is also full of heart of darkness thrills: graphically slaughtered elephants, nubile ladies, and a series of fiendish tribal tortures delivered by cruel young men and ululating grannies. But as in the best exotica films, the exploitation sneaks up on something like 'the real deal,' which here includes non-pro actors, rousing village dances, cool drums, excellent textiles, and, most importantly, great music." (from the liner notes)
in stock | US| 2004| LATITUDE | 9.90

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