- Format: DVD-Video
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Spanish, English, Catalan
- Dubbed: Spanish, English, Catalan
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B007DUTIHG
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Man To Man (Dvd Import) (European Format - Region 2)
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June 7, 2008
Here is an intriguing movie that creatively attempts to build its plot around the enduring theme of science exploiting the inalienable rights of humankind. In the mid-19th century, Dr. Dodd, a eminent Scottish anthropologist and his patron, Elena Van Den Ende, a Belgium socialite travel into the heart of Africa on an expedition to bring back evidence of the `missing link' in the live form of two pygmies. With this evidence, Dr. Dodd hopes to prove race of people that will confirm the natural progression of the human life. When the two specimens are captured and successfully brought back to Edinburgh to be studied by scientists, a whole chain of events happen that should tip the viewer off as to the problematic nature of this experiment. To start with, even before scientific inquiry has started, the two pygmies are regarded by their captors as subhuman savages who have to be locked up in a compound in order to secure the safety of others. Then comes the assumption that, based on cursory anthropometric measurements, these two negroid subjects possess a brain four-fifths the size of a Caucasian, which fits the parameters of the ever-popular Darwinian evolution theory of the day. It is at this point, Dr. Dodd has a serious difference of opinion with his partners over how to proceed with the observations. Dodd has had a change of heart while the Auchinleck and McBride want to take them on a grand tour of Europe to show them off to other scientists. This is where the battle to preserve humanity against the onslaught of the amoral forces of science heats up. Dodd becomes one of those enlightened boffins who sees that any theory of racial superiority as found in a dominant race is bogus. The viewer should not be lulled into thinking that such outrageous and barbaric efforts in the name of scientific reasearch were restricted to the 19th century. Check out what the Federal government did in the US in the 1920s with the Tuskegee Experiments. By the way, Fiennes plays the role of Dr. Dodd very capably. One of the strengths of the production is its ability to portray the whitemen as the real ignorant, susperstitious ones in contrast to the pygmies.