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17th Mar '17 2:11:44 PM maxwellsilver
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One of innumerable subgenres of grindhouse and [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] cinema existing during the 60s, 70s and 80s hoping to rake in cash from adolescent boys out to see gore, sex and sensational subject matter; '''Mondo''' films, also called "Shockumentaries", were documentaries which charted the darker side of societies and cultures around the world;... [[GroinAttack ritual circumcision among African tribes...]] [[TattooedCrook back-alley tattoo parlors in inner-city America...]] [[{{Transsexual}} transsexual prostitutes]] in UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}... all the stuff they won't show on the Discovery Channel but which can be defended by crying, "But it's really happening".

[[TropeMaker This subgenre begun]] with Paolo Cavara's, Gualtiero Jacopetti's, and Franco Prosperi's ''Mondo Cane'', [[TropeNamer from which the subgenre takes it name]] and of which subsequent films utilized the word to identify themselves as of being in the subgenre. With the English translation of the film's title being ''A Dog's World'', the film was predominantly an exploration of unusual cultural practices in Africa and Asia, such as a cannibal tribe in Africa with ritualistic boar clubbing and a practicing South Pacific cargo cult. Europe and America had their share of weird behaviour represented, too, such as inbred Italians and a restaurant in New York where posh patrons dine on insects. For a time subsequent Mondo films would adhere to this premise. In the 80s the films dropped unusual cultural practices as subject-matter and begun to focus exclusively on gruesome ways in which people and animals can die, with such films sometimes regarded as being in a sub-subgenre called "Death Films". Another offshoot common in TheSixties was to documentaries about strippers and other excuses for women to be topless.

More often than not, the legitimacy of these films as documentaries was limited. Rarely did the filmmakers do the research; content was exaggerated and sensationalized in hopes of fulfilling the films' primary purposes of drawing as large a box office return as possible. Though the films would boast of featuring authentic footage, the greater majority of what was in them was in fact staged. [[SnuffFilm The aforementioned death films loved to boast of featuring authentic killings]]; but it is common knowledge that never, in the history of cinema, has an actual human being been deliberately killed for purposes of film. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman The animal killings, on the other hand]]...

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One of innumerable subgenres of grindhouse and [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] exploitation cinema existing during the 60s, 70s and 80s hoping to rake in cash from adolescent boys out to see gore, sex and sensational subject matter; '''Mondo''' films, also called "Shockumentaries", were documentaries which charted the darker side of societies and cultures around the world;... [[GroinAttack ritual circumcision among African tribes...]] [[TattooedCrook tribes... back-alley tattoo parlors in inner-city America...]] [[{{Transsexual}} America... transsexual prostitutes]] prostitutes in UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}... all the stuff they won't show on the Discovery Channel but which can be defended by crying, "But it's really happening".

[[TropeMaker This subgenre begun]] begun with Paolo Cavara's, Gualtiero Jacopetti's, and Franco Prosperi's ''Mondo Cane'', [[TropeNamer from which the subgenre takes it name]] name and of which subsequent films utilized the word to identify themselves as of being in the subgenre. With the English translation of the film's title being ''A Dog's World'', the film was predominantly an exploration of unusual cultural practices in Africa and Asia, such as a cannibal tribe in Africa with ritualistic boar clubbing and a practicing South Pacific cargo cult. Europe and America had their share of weird behaviour represented, too, such as inbred Italians and a restaurant in New York where posh patrons dine on insects. For a time subsequent Mondo films would adhere to this premise. In the 80s the films dropped unusual cultural practices as subject-matter and begun to focus exclusively on gruesome ways in which people and animals can die, with such films sometimes regarded as being in a sub-subgenre called "Death Films". Another offshoot common in TheSixties was to documentaries about strippers and other excuses for women to be topless.

More often than not, the legitimacy of these films as documentaries was limited. Rarely did the filmmakers do the research; content was exaggerated and sensationalized in hopes of fulfilling the films' primary purposes of drawing as large a box office return as possible. Though the films would boast of featuring authentic footage, the greater majority of what was in them was in fact staged. [[SnuffFilm The aforementioned death films loved to boast of featuring authentic killings]]; killings; but it is common knowledge that never, in the history of cinema, has an actual human being been deliberately killed for purposes of film. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman The animal killings, on the other hand]]...hand...
27th Nov '15 4:56:29 PM nombretomado
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* ''Mr. Mike's Mondo Video,'' a parody from SaturdayNightLive head writer in TheSeventies, Michael O'Donoghue.

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* ''Mr. Mike's Mondo Video,'' a parody from SaturdayNightLive ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' head writer in TheSeventies, Michael O'Donoghue.
29th May '15 2:19:19 PM hydrix
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlmy47a6uiQ ''The S From Hell'']] is a more modern and more low-budget version of the genre. Unlike others it goes about the Screen Gems logo and the horrible effects it has on society.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlmy47a6uiQ ''The S From Hell'']] is a more modern (made in 2010) and more low-budget version of the genre. Unlike others it goes about the Screen Gems logo and the horrible effects it has on society.
29th May '15 2:17:37 PM hydrix
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlmy47a6uiQ ''The S From Hell'']] is a more modern and more low-budget version of the genre. Unlike others it goes about the Screen Gems logo and the horrible effects it has on society.
19th Mar '15 7:56:09 PM erforce
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* ''[[GoodbyeUncleTom Addio zio Tom]]'' (''Goodbye Uncle Tom'') About the slave trade.

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* ''[[GoodbyeUncleTom ''[[Film/GoodbyeUncleTom Addio zio Tom]]'' (''Goodbye Uncle Tom'') About the slave trade.



* ''Faces Of Death''

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* ''Faces Of Death''''Film/FacesOfDeath''
6th Apr '14 12:35:14 PM DragonQuestZ
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Also, the term became part of [[TheEighties late 1980s slang]], so expect this term to often show up in the context of TotallyRadical instead of referencing this genre.
12th Dec '13 5:35:17 PM rodneyAnonymous
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[[caption-width-right:189:The Trope Namer]]
6th Dec '13 10:16:01 PM JIKTV
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Oddly, [[JohnWaters John Water's]] ''Mondo Trasho'' is not actually a Mondo film. Also not to be confused with ''VideoGame/MondoMedicals'' or ''VideoGame/MondoAgency''.

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Oddly, [[JohnWaters John Water's]] Creator/JohnWaters' ''Mondo Trasho'' is not actually a Mondo film. Also not to be confused with ''VideoGame/MondoMedicals'' or ''VideoGame/MondoAgency''.
28th Jul '13 7:27:15 PM johnnye
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One of innumerable subgenres of grindhouse and [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] cinema existing during the 60s, 70s and 80s hoping to rake in cash from adolescent boys out to see gore, sex and sensational subject matter; '''Mondo''' films, also called "Shockumentaries", were documentaries which chartered the darker side of societies and cultures around the world;... [[GroinAttack ritual circumcision among African tribes...]] [[TattooedCrook back-alley tattoo parlors in inner-city America...]] [[{{Transsexual}} transsexual prostitutes]] in UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}... all the stuff they won't show on the Discovery Channel but which can be defended by crying, "But it's really happening".

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One of innumerable subgenres of grindhouse and [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] cinema existing during the 60s, 70s and 80s hoping to rake in cash from adolescent boys out to see gore, sex and sensational subject matter; '''Mondo''' films, also called "Shockumentaries", were documentaries which chartered charted the darker side of societies and cultures around the world;... [[GroinAttack ritual circumcision among African tribes...]] [[TattooedCrook back-alley tattoo parlors in inner-city America...]] [[{{Transsexual}} transsexual prostitutes]] in UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}... all the stuff they won't show on the Discovery Channel but which can be defended by crying, "But it's really happening".
10th Nov '12 4:44:12 PM Prfnoff
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One of innumerable subgenres of grindhouse and [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] cinema existing during the 60s, 70s and 80s hoping to rake in cash from adolescent boys out to see gore, sex and sensational subject matter; '''Mondo''' films, also called "Shockumentaries", were documentaries which chartered the darker side of societies and cultures around the world;... [[GroinAttack ritual circumcision among African tribes...]] [[TattooedCrook back-alley tattoo parlors in inner-city America...]] [[{{Transsexual}} transsexual prostitutes]] in UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}... all the stuff they won't show on the Discovery Channel but which can be defended by crying, [[ButItReallyHappened "But it's really happening"]].

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One of innumerable subgenres of grindhouse and [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] cinema existing during the 60s, 70s and 80s hoping to rake in cash from adolescent boys out to see gore, sex and sensational subject matter; '''Mondo''' films, also called "Shockumentaries", were documentaries which chartered the darker side of societies and cultures around the world;... [[GroinAttack ritual circumcision among African tribes...]] [[TattooedCrook back-alley tattoo parlors in inner-city America...]] [[{{Transsexual}} transsexual prostitutes]] in UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}... all the stuff they won't show on the Discovery Channel but which can be defended by crying, [[ButItReallyHappened "But it's really happening"]].
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