Savage Gold (1933)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Docudrama  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Savage Gold is a filmed record of Commander Dyott's expedition to the heart of Ecuador. The film is suspiciously well-photographed and lit, leading at least one reviewer to suggest that certain scenes were produced in Hollywood. Likewise, the Ecuadorian natives seem to be rather too well-rehearsed, especially the local witch doctor, who apparently is enjoying his 15 minutes of screen fame. The best -- and most repulsive -- scenes focus on the tribe's head-shrinking ritual, with the process shown in close, gruesome detail. The film's "come one come all" title isn't explained until the final sequence.

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Amazon, custom [habit or practice], head [body part], journey, jungle, native, Native-American, ritual, severed, shrinking, soul, tribe