Cinema: Cold, Cold Ground

MANDINGO

Directed by RICHARD FLEISCHER Screenplay by NORMAN WEXLER

Most of the suspense in Mandingo is generated by the unconscionable amount of time it requires for the blonde mistress of Falconhurst to invite into her bed the handsome black slave (Ken Norton) her husband purchased to improve the breeding stock down in the quarters. Until this moment we cannot be certain that the movie is going to employ every cliche of antebellum melodrama. The possibility that the perfection of its tastelessness will be marred through oversight or the impulse to provide novelty through omission...

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