Black People : Goodbye Uncle Tom-~* It's About Us! *~

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  1. Goddess Auset333

    Goddess Auset333 Banned MEMBER

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    Goodbye Uncle Tom


    "GOODBYE UNCLE TOM ... must be counted as the most monumental and historically accurate depiction of the horrors of slavery ever put on film."


    Get ready, because this is quite simply the most hackle-raising, mind-blowing, screamingly offensive exploitation movie of all time!!! GOODBYE UNCLE TOM is an unabashedly incendiary look at race relations in America during the early seventies that’s guaranteed to leave your jaw on the floor.


    Watch the first 40 minutes of the film here!
    http://video. google.com/ videoplay? docid=3617385453 924901875


    The Story
    The year is 1971 and America is tearing itself apart at the seams: African Americans, tired of the mistreatment they’re had to endure at the hands of the white man, are rising up, with folks like Malcolm X and Leroi Jones (according to this movie, at least) encouraging their brothers to kill whitey.

    In order to examine how things got this way, the filmmakers decide to travel back in time for a close-up look at slavery in the nineteenth century. They start off at a New Orleans plantation where they interview several aristocratic Southerners (whose ranks include UNCLE TOM’S CABIN author Harriett Beecher Stowe), who sitting around the dinner table enthusiastically defend the practice of slave-holding while tossing left-overs to black children huddled under the table. Next the filmmakers visit a slave ship discharging its cargo, consisting of several hundred Africans suffering from disease and malnutrition. They also profile a “House Momma†(an overweight black woman who supervises the slaves) in action, abusing her black and white charges unmercifully, and hunters who are paid to track down escaped slaves. A bug-eyed doctor methodically describes how black people don’t have much depth of feeling and so (he claims) it’s okay for whites to make slaves out of them. We also look in on the workings of a whorehouse where black women are dressed up and paraded for the approval of horny white men, and a slave auction where those same white men barter in human cargo.

    The Direction
    Those looking for a thoughtful and refined look at racial problems in American won’t find them here, as this is an extremely lurid, in your face account. It contains some of the most astounding imagery I’ve seen in any movie, images I honestly can’t fathom how the filmmakers achieved. It puts me in mind of the filmmaker Lars Von Trier, who apparently had trouble finding black actors to portray slaves in his historical drama MANDERLAY, yet in GOODBYE UNCLE TOM we see literally hundreds of naked black men packed into the bowels of a slave ship like sardines and greedily clamoring for gruel at a narrow feeding trough (the film was largely shot in Haiti utilizing native extras and, curiously enough, NO actors are listed in the credits). Make no mistake: Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi had a genius for exploitation that remains unmatched.

    Yes, I did say exploitation: note the way the camera lingers on the sight of black women being raped and even zooms in at opportune moments (Jacopetti and Prosperi, being very much filmmakers of their time, love their zoom lens), or the killing of escaped slaves filmed in loving slow motion to be sure and capture every gruesome moment. Any humanitarian aims the film might have are obliterated by the outrageously nihilistic finale, which posits that there’s no hope for reconciliation between the races and America will never get over the specter of slavery…a pretty smug assertion, I’d say, considering that the filmmakers are Italian!

    Nevertheless, the film is impressive and even admirable in its steadfastly unblinking and politically incorrect depiction of the slave trade. Jacopetti and Prosperi utilized many of the same crewmembers they did in their documentary work, which explains the photorealistic feel of so much of GOODBYE UNCLE TOM. Exploitation or not, it must be counted as the most monumental and historically accurate depiction of the horrors of slavery ever put on film.

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    Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)

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    Goodbye Uncle Tom is the best Mondo film/shockumentary that I've ever had the pleasure(?) of watching, and I doubt that will ever change. Included in the Mondo Cane boxset, the basic premise is that the filmmakers have gone back in time to the days of American slavery, to show what it was actually like. Purportedly based on real accounts, Goodbye Uncle Tom makes for some rough viewing.

    Basically a documentary, the film follows various slaves (100's and 100's of Haitian volunteers) from the slaveship through the marketplace and on to the daily horrors of life, including being raped, beaten, mated and killed. Frankly, this movie, being based in reality, is so disturbing that I can hardly even express it. It has to be seen to be believed and understood.

    To be sure, there are many exploitive elements to Goodbye Uncle Tom. Nudity abounds, the violence is plentiful, and the degredation of humanity permeates the entire peice. There's even a couple of scenes that seem designed to make the viewer feel sorry for the white women who lived in the houses. The scenes seem out of place with the rest of the movie, and I found them distracting as a result. This isn't necessarily a high-brow piece designed solely to educate.

    There are two versions of this in the Mondo Cane boxset, and I would advise that if you're only going to watch one, watch the Addio Zio Tom Director's Cut, as opposed to the Goodbye Uncle Tom U.S. version. The latter cuts out many of the social commentaries, and adds nauseating narration about how the U.S. overcame the evils of slavery, etc. Frankly, having seen both, the U.S. version kind of pisses me off.

    It would be wrong to compare Goodbye Uncle Tom to something like Schindler's List. While that film is a masterpiece, Goodbye Uncle Tom is not. And whereas List will make you cry, Tom will just make you feel awful. It's amazing to know what people can do to people, and to see slavery in a way that its perpetrators have spent 200 years trying to cover up. I can't recommend this film enough.

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  2. Aljahiz

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    they would have to go to haiti, because nobody in america would run around naked like they did.

    its one scene in the movie where a little white cave girl has a chain around a little boys neck and is running with him like "im playing with my slave", nobody would let they son do that crap in america
     
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    purchasing "Goodbye Uncle Tom

    Anyone interested in purchasing "Goodbye Uncle Tom,"??? The Khamitiks 101 Bookstore was able to acquire the title. The cost for the title is $20 + Shipping. Acceptable forms of payment are Visa/Master/ Cash/Credit/ Debit/Money Order/Check with valid drivers I.D.

    If you need to mail in your payment, to remit to: Khamitiks 101 Bookstore
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