Darkest Heart: “Africa, Addio!” (1966)

africaaddio   “Africa, Addio!” is a follow up offering by the “documentarians” Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prospere who produced the popular “Mondo Cane”.  The film is filled with gorgeous imagery; the kind of cinematography that normally enraptures the senses and nourishes the optic nerve. However, in this instance, it is the content of these images that presents serious and disturbing issues that, unlike the intention of the serious documentary, lends its attention back to the filmmakers rather than their subject; issues such as the balance of aesthetic concerns against the moral responsibility of  the director(s).

   Ostensibly the subject of the film is the end of Colonial rule in Africa yet the true focus is in cataloging, in hideously graphic detail, the slaughter of African wildlife and humans alike, accompanied by a mock-somber narration that purports to explain the historical and cultural anomalies that not only allow these activities, but perpetuate them.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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