Cinema: Shock Value

Africa Addio may well be the only movie ever to get a review from the United Nations. On behalf of five African U.N. delegates who had asked that its showing be suspended, U.S. Ambassador Arthur Goldberg wrote to the New York Times complaining that this Italian-made documentary about the Dark Continent was "grossly distorted" and "socially irresponsible."

Critic Goldberg may have a point. Africa Addio is a lengthy rape scene in which the predators are the continent's white and black citizens and the victim is Africa itself. Film Makers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi (Mondo Cane) have assembled a grand guignol of...

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