Sunday, May 26, 2013
So this is an Italian rip-off(or possibly a prequel?) of MANDINGO which came out a year earlier. MANDINGO, from what I recall, had a lot of black folks playing slaves in it and this movie has about seven or eight black people in the whole movie rotating as various victims of cruelty. I'm guessing maybe there was a shortage of black actors in Italy at the time for big crowd scenes. Most of the film deals with the white slave-owners and it plays more like a sexploitation flick than any kind of blaxploitation thing. You do get some interracial humping, which was probably more shocking at the time, along with the more "vanilla" sexual action. Lots of whippings and some rape thrown in to for extra perv-points. Overall this film is pretty dull and shows how the blaxploitation movie was a unique style of film that was done best in the U.S. which is something I can't say about too many other genres(biker films being the other obvious exception).
Director Maurio Pinzauti also shot another slavesploitation film titled PASSION PLANTATION back-to-back with this.