★★★★★= Very Good (and Beyond)
★= Very Bad (and Below)
Watched this after watching the new one. Oof. As bad as I remember. Everything the new film is, this one isn't. Super bad effects, terrible acting. Comedy that tries to be funny but fails miserably. The main problem with this film lies in the director. We know some of these folks can act. The problem is Courtney Solomon clearly didn't actually "direct" any of them. Each actor is doing their own thing. Some are overacting. Some are underacting. When everyone is doing something different there's no hope for a film. This film can be shown as a cautionary tale to new directors.
This is like watching a decent documentary with your racist uncle commenting endlessly over it all. The majority of reviews on here for Mondo Cane seem to go one of two ways. Either it's terrible because it's racist and cruel and should be thrown in a dumpster or it's terrible because it's uninteresting and dull. I actually thought the film itself was pretty good. Even the scenes other folks describe as "dull" I found pretty engaging. For example the hangover…
Watching these early films is in a way fascinating. The directors Benveniste and Ziehm don't know what makes a good adult film. How could they? Sure they had stag films to work from, but this is mostly uncharted territory. As a result nearly everything they do is experimental. Scenes drift aimlessly from psycedlic to slapstick to moralistic. The music likewise has a randomness too it. It's as if the directors are just flinging stuff at a wall and seeing what…