Film History: ‘Bitter Spears’

2008-04-18 00:00

Bitter Spears was a sound remake of the earlier Siliva the Zulu (1927) that was made by Italian film maker Attilio Gatti together with the anthropologist Aldo Cipriani.

As the title of the book suggests, a key character in Bitter Spears is a sangoma and Gatti notes that he “badly wanted a witchdoctor of snakes”. Through the good offices of Harry Lugg, Chief Native Commissioner of Natal, Gatti was able to cast Zizwezonke “Khekhekhe” Mthethwa, famed for his affinity with snakes. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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