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The Godless City 1958

  • Pierre D. Botha
  • June 5, 1958
  • 90 mins
  • Afrikaans
  • Drama
From the life of a ducktail (Uit de lewe van ’n eendstert)
One of the earliest exploitation films from South Africa, directed and produced by independant film maker Pierre D. Botha. This is a classic example of a ‘restless youth’ film. The action takes place in Johannesburg (The Godless city of the title) and focuses on the youth sub culture of the ‘Ducktails’ (“a white youth gang subculture which emerged within post Second World War South Africa. Rebellious, hedonistic, apolitical and showing little respect for the law, education or work”).

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