Mandingo [Blu-ray] [Import]
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The imagery of Falconhurst, the huge but decrepit plantation of a cruel and vicious man (James Mason in a strange and brilliant performance) is fantastic; with peeling paint and filthy mosquito nets, winding staircases of gleaming wood, dark steamy rooms, and lush exteriors with drooping wisteria.
The score by Maurice Jarre also adds much to the atmosphere, with Muddy Waters singing "Born in This Time".
Perry King is excellent as Mason's son, broken in body, weak in spirit, knowing what is right and often doing what is wrong; as his wife, Susan George is appropriately annoying and trashy, and as his "wench", Brenda Sykes is lovely. Heavyweight boxer Ken Norton, who won over Mohammed Ali (and broke his jaw) in 1973, made his impressive screen debut as Mede the Mandingo.
This film is a mass of contradictions, which is probably what keeps one glued to the screen. It is manipulative yet unpredictable, gratuitous and raw but thought-provoking; some of it might be absurd, but many of the situations shown did happen.
With all the brutality, nudity, incest, and most of all, the repellent language, this is not a film for the young, or anyone squeamish about violence.
Total running time is 127 minutes.
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Enjoyed the movie almost as much as whens I Saw it as a new release, years ago. I had forfotten parts , but remembered most of it. Sad to see how blaxks were treated as.slaves.Published on Nov. 21 2013 by stony
the producers did a great job of harking back to an abominable era in human history. It is a valuable reminder of how NOT to live!Published on Nov. 19 2013 by Alexander
The item was well packaged and arived ahead of time even in the holiday season. I will be happy to deal with this seller again.Published on Jan. 5 2012 by Edward R
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