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Fowler’s Flix 02.20.19: More Action from South Africa!

"Charlie Steel," "Revenge" and "The Comedians" are some RetroAfrika titles out now from IndiePix.
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IndiePix’s stellar Retro Afrika Collection is back with a new trilogy of flicks from the early 80s, featuring the long-lost stars of Apartheid-era filmmaking in three genre-busting classics that deserve a new audience to explore the undeterred terrain with—this is the way cinema is supposed to be, without the studio notes and constant interference. It’s the last bastion of true independent cinema, at least as we know it.

In the hilariously bizarre The Comedians, a man with a magic ring—yes, magic ring—makes himself in a literal overnight millionaire. But, in this complicated morality tale, his burning desire for more and more becomes an absolute wildfire that eventually becomes his ultimate downfall. When he tries to gain more ill-gotten goods through sorcery, the man with the magic ring learns that he should’ve been happy what he had in the first place, especially when it all blows up in his face.

Star Sol Rachilo is the titular Charlie Steel, apparently the best private investigator in town. When a girl is kidnapped and held for ransom, Steel is brought in on the case by her father; he does this going undercover and infiltrating the devious gang responsible. With help from a lovelorn gang-member,

Charlie uses his stone-cold swagger and stone-hard fists to bring down the troublemakers, with plenty of distractive action along the way.

Finally, we’re heading back to the Wild West—the African Wild West—in Revenge, which truly lives up to its title. When a typical prairie family moves into an appropriately vacant farmhouse, almost immediately the wife is murdered and the son beaten to a pulp by a gang of wasteland bandits. After being left for dead, he slowly heals and then quickly trains in a bid for, per the title, revenge. It’s a delightfully violent tale of cowboy justice and gunfighter vengeance.

It’s remarkable to watch these films in their original Zulu language—as they really should be seen—transporting you to a new world of creative geniuses who wouldn’t let the oppressive government hold them or their home-grown art down. The Retro Afrika Collection is a seminal buy for any world-film collection, for cult-film fans or otherwise.

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