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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

South Africa, Botswana 109m, Colour
Director: Jamie Uys; Cast: Nǃxau, Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Louw Verwey, Michael Thys

The Gods Must be Crazy is a pseudo-anthropological comedy based on the so-called “Bushmen” of the Kalahari Desert who are stereotypically portrayed as a people lost in time who become fixated with a coke bottle which they believe was a gift/curse from the gods. Despite the controversy regarding the film’s inventive documentary style and often fictional depiction of the Ju/’hoansi, the intent of the film is essentially a criticism of modern civilization – using the “noble savage” as a comedic foil. The absurdity of the plot and the slapstick nature of the comedy is a dead giveaway that nothing is to be taken too seriously in this cult film fan favourite (Klaus Ming September 2012).

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2 comments on “The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

  1. Joachim Boaz
    09/29/2012

    I loved this film when I was a kid — especially the scene where the Busman thinks all the people are inside the camera…

    • Klaus
      10/04/2012

      It’s been a long time favorite of mine – despite having an anthropology degree and seeing the many liberties that are taken with the portrayal of the Ju/’hoansi – I find it a most enduring and endearing film. Some of the DVD extras relating to this film are also pretty interesting – recommended viewing, if you haven’t already seen them.

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