Primitive Love & Mondo Balordo [Special Edition] [DVD]

This disc collects a pair of mondo films. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. In addition to the main features (Primitive Love and Mondo Balordo), the disc contains trailers and a pair of mondo short subjects. This highly entertaining package from Image that allows the viewer to program over three hours of trashy mondo material interspersed with intermission shorts and drive-in announcements. This is a great disc for anyone wishing to approximate what a night at the drive-in was like.
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Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Bonus Mondo trailers for "Ecco," "It's a Sick Sick Sick World," "The Mating Urge," "Mondo Freudo," "Mondo Oscenita," "Mondo Pazzo," "Secret Africa," "Women of Pleasure," and "Women of the World"
  • Short Subject Oddity #1: a Wild Night at the Interlude
  • Short Subject Oddity #2: Big-Haired Beauty Pageant
  • Let's Go to the Drive-In: interactive feature of uninterrupted playback of almost three hours worth of Mondo drive-in intermission announcements


L'Amore Primitivo
Made in Italy in 1964 as L'Amore Primitivo, the year after Promises, Promises and a full four years before The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield and her unfortunate death, this is one of the rarest-if not the rarest-Jayne Mansfield movies of all time. The film opens to the immortal strains of "Bella Come Te" as Mansfield-playing herself-checks into a fancy hotel and within five minutes comes up with at least 10 different excuses to disrobe, shower and prance around almost naked. Franco and Ciccio (at the time Italy's top funnymen, who also appeared in Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs and may very well be the two scariest Jerry Lewis imitators of all time) play horny bellhops spying on Mansfield's every move. She eventually settles down, sets up a projector in her room, and invites a very square looking professor into her room to view her new documentary/shock-u-mentary. In the grand tradition of 'mondo' movies Mansfield starts narrating the action as the screen unfolds to show topless Asian women, real animal sacrifices, interracial sex and oriental cock-fighting. Suddenly a witch doctor pounds the drums while a bevy of young girls do the topless Temptation Dance. Then the movie within a movie veers off into hallucination land as Mansfield becomes the native girl and does a breast twirling dance for the drum pounding Franco and Ciccio, featuring one of them twirling his eyebrows in direct sync to Mansfield's breasts. When queried as to the validity of all this wild documentary footage, filmmaker Mansfield espouses that all men, deep down inside, are actually primitive lusting animals. In the explosive finale, she proves her point. While performing a striptease, the bellhops go beserk and the professor turns into a drooling, sex-crazed werewolf. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi

Mondo Balordo
The excesses and eccentricities of the 20th century once again go under the cinematic microscope in this shockumentary inspired by the international hit Mondo Cane. Mondo Balordo documents a wide variety of strange and unsavory behavior, ranging from teenage dueling clubs in Berlin where facial scars are a badge of honor to Japanese photographers who stage bondage scenarios with nubile young women to satisfy the demands of certain specialized magazines. Also included for your edification are women who bleach their hair using camel's urine, nightclubs catering to cross-dressers and lesbians, midget rock & roll singers, a dancer who is convinced he is the reincarnation of Rudolph Valentino, and Peruvian field hands who have learned to use the cocoa leaf to get them through the workday. Boris Karloff provides narration for the American-release version. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Franco Franchi
    Franco Franchi
  • Mickey Hargitay
    Mickey Hargitay
  • Ciccio Ingrassia
    Ciccio Ingrassia - Hotel Porter
  • Jayne Mansfield
    Jayne Mansfield - Jayne
  • Image coming soon
    Lucia Modugno
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