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GODS MUST BE CRAZY PARTS 1 & 2 written and directed by Jamie Uys 1980/1989
these made America's top grossing movie lists at the time of release and had
large global audiences. There are in fact 5 sequels in total, though
when the original director sold the rights to a Chinese producer,
quality went swiftly downhill. Although financed by South African
money and with an SA director, the movie was credited with being
of Botswanian origin because of the embargo against South
Africa at the time.
star of the first movie is a Kalahari bushman named Xi (pronounced
gee, with a hard g) who is given the task of throwing a coke bottle
off the ends of the earth. His tribe had come into possession of
the bottle when it was dropped by a pilot from a passing plane.
He runs into western civilisation in the form of a band of guerrillas
escaping government troops, and a clutzy scientist trying to wow
a newly arrived teacher. It'll make sense when you watch it.
2 is every bit as funny and off-beat as the first, this time seeing
Xi's children stowaway in a poachers truck and carried across the
desert. Again, this is more of a collision of three separate stories
than a seamless plot. Uys' use of fast-motion and slapstick is evident
in both movies, along with a documentary-style voiceover that give
an authoritative air to the movies. They are the
only films I've seen using the unique Kalahari bushman "click"
are endearing and unusual gems.