It’s hard to imagine today the impact this tawdry but fascinating Italian “shockumentary” had on the world in 1962, when the bizarre customs of people in other lands seemed both exotic and horrifying to Western eyes. Its smash success spawned a whole genre of mostly phony Mondo movies, each outdoing the other for pure sleaze, which lasted into the 80s and paved the way for something much more upsetting: Reality TV.
About Adam Rifkin
Adam Rifkin is the versatile writer/director known for writing family fare like Disney’s Underdog, Dreamwork’s Mousehunt, Small Soldiers and Zoom. From his darker, grittier side Rifkin wrote and directed the cult hits The Dark Backward, Detroit Rock City, Night at the Golden Eagle, The Chase and his critically acclaimed and award winning surveillance drama Look. Most recently Rifkin wrote and directed Reality Show, a dark satire about the world of reality television that had its world premiere on the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Follow Adam on Twitter Adam on Facebook