Candide, lovelorn youth and eternal seeker from the pages of Voltaire’s immortal classic novel, finds himself thrown out of an entirely comfortable castle after his affection for the baron’s daughter Cunegonde went a little too far down her thighs for her father’s taste. So Candide embarks on a wildly fantastic odyssey through space and time, from the battlefields of east and west into the arms of the Holy Inquisition and straight into modern Manhattan, always hot on the heels of his one true love who has, however, succumbed to group sex and drugs long ago. Finally Candide sees the world he once tried to understand for what it really is: an immoral reflection of its degenerated inhabitants. Mondo Candido finds colourful pictures for this epiphany, drenched equally in genius and madness. Gualtiero Jacopetti’s last film (his co-director Franco Prosperi later gave us the brilliant animal exploiter Wild Beasts) is a delirious masterpiece, a wild trip chock-full of strange encounters to the wonderful music of composer Riz Ortolani, and ultimately a final proof for Jacopetti’s theory that man has gone to the dogs already. Mondo Candido is his bizarre legacy.
Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti & Franco Prosperi
Cast: Christopher Brown, Michelle Miller, Jacques Herlin, José Quaglio
DigiPak with cardboard sleeve
limited to: 2.000 pcs!
- 1975 Italy
- DVD pal Region free
- Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
- Italian / German Dolby digital 2.0 English and German Subtitles
- Running time: 107 min.
- Disc 1 includes: audio commentary with Christian Keßler and Dr. Marcus Stiglegger (optional English subtitles)
- Disc 2 includes: four featurettes with a total running time of over 200 minutes
- “Around the World in 15 Years*featuringFranco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti
- “A Farewell to Mondo“* featuring Franco Prosperi
- “Making Up Voltaire“* featuring makeup artist Pierantonio Mecacci
- “Just `Une Connerie“* featuring Federico Caddeo
- Italian trailer
- Picture gallery
- liner notes by Federico Caddeo (German and English)
* Italian with optional German and English subtitles