"The Naked Prey".
Though not really a war movie, it has all the values that a Victorian inspired movie should have. Taking place in the 1860's, 70's, or 80's, it is about an ivory hunting party in Africa that insults a local tribe by not paying a tribute for traversing through tribal territory. The hunting party is attacked and the Europeans and some Africans are taken prisoner. The prisoners are killed in very cruel ways except for one man, the safari guide. He is British (?) and the Africans decide he would make a great sport as a human hunt. The Africans strip him naked and give him a running head start before starting their hunt. The European, known only as "Man" in the credits, kills one of the tribsman and now "Man", clad in the dead Africans loin-cloth and sandles and spear and knife, spends several days trying to get back to civilization and has to constantly avoid his persurers who are now out to avenge the dead tribsman. "Man" comes across a village and steals food that night. The following morning, "Man" is awakened to the sound of a brutal Moslem slave raid on the village. He helps a young African girl avoid the raid and she accompanys "Man" for part of the journey only to leave for a fate unknown. "Man" kills several of his persurers and finally makes it to a British military base.
This movie came out two years after "Zulu" and has the same "action beat" as that film. This is a brutal film that has very little dialog. Most of the spoken parts are from "Mans" African persurers and their is no translation. And that is one of the strengths of this very unique movie. "Man" is alone and really has no one to talk to. The Africans are in a group and talk a lot. Between scenes, the film has visuals of animals eating other animals and lots of thorn bush imagery to set up the brutality which is part of this film.
This movie has scenes you will never see in a modern film because this movie was made in an era when Africans were still primitive and when Africa was still being utilized as a hunting ground for elephants. You see elephants being gunned down and butchered for ivory and meat. You see beautiful straw villages and in the slaving scene, the village is burned down. This is a real large village burning and not CGI (Computer generated images). Europeans denegrated and put to death before hundreds of cheering tribsman. A brutal slave raid in which woman are simply seperated from their babies to be left on the ground as the men a woman are put in yokes to be driven to slave market carrying their own posessions of the looted village. Lots of African nudity as in "Zulu". Could not do that today!!
Having said all this about the starkness of the film, it is also a very beautifly shot movie with African scene-scapes and flora and fauna. Yes, it is both ugly and beautiful at the same time. It is almost an art film.
My American DVD is on the Criterion lable which is a 'boutique' company that specializes in cult films and classic films that are in need of a lable. The film is re-mastered. The soundtrack is nothing but African drums, chanting, and sound effects. Thankfully, the DVD has a chapter for just listening to the soundtrack as you would a CD. Nice touch. The movie also has the sound of birds chirping throughout the entire film just like you would hear in Africa, or the hills and mountains around Los Angeles for that matter.The DVD comes nicly package with a booklet with a wopping 30 pages to it. This is a class act video. It is about $30 US so it is not cheap even on Amazon.
One of the actors in the film is Gert Van Den Berg who plays 'Ardendorff' in the film "Zulu". Cornel Wilde is "Man". Shot In South Africa, and old Southern Rhodesia and Bechuanaland.