Director of the infamous 1980 horror movie Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, passed away at the age of 83. He passed away on Thursday, according to Italian media.
Deodato had a long filmmaking career
He worked in many different genres, but his gory horror movie—which was banned in several nations and even led to him being tried for the murders of his actors—remains his best-known work.
The “found footage” pseudo-documentary genre was also pioneered by Cannibal Holocaust, which claimed to be the video of an American film crew’s excursion into the Amazon jungle. The movie gained notoriety for its representations of excessive brutality and torture as well as its actual cruelty to animals, which included the killing of monkeys and a coati on-screen.
After an article claimed that some of the murders in the movie were true, the movie was seized by local magistrates less than a week after it was released in Italy, and Deodato was prosecuted with murder and obscenity. Deodato presented the allegedly deceased actors in court, the murder accusations were withdrawn; nonetheless, he and the film’s financiers were found guilty of animal cruelty; this conviction was later reversed in 1984.
After an article claimed that some of the murders in the movie were true, the movie was seized by local magistrates less than a week after it was released in Italy, and Deodato was prosecuted with murder and obscenity. After Deodato presented the allegedly deceased actors in court, the murder accusations were withdrawn; nonetheless, he and the film’s financiers were found guilty of animal cruelty; this conviction was later reversed in 1984.
Cannibal Holocaust was on the infamous list of “video nasties” in the UK. The Video Recordings Act of 1984 effectively outlawed it after it was made available on home video in 1982. After receiving a certificate, it was eventually released in 2001 with five minutes cut, and again in 2011 with all edits undone.
“In my youth, growing up, I spent a lot of time in the country close to animals and therefore often seeing the moment of their death … The death of the animals, although unbearable – especially in a present-day urban mindset – always happened in order to feed the film’s characters or the crew, both in the story and in reality.”Deodato defended the scenes of animal cruelty.
Ruggero Deodato’s Early Career
Deodato, who was brought up in the southern Italian town of Potenza, served as an assistant director on a number of Italian movies in the 1960s, including the classic westerns Django and Ringo and His Golden Pistol by Sergio Corbucci. The 1976 poliziotteschi cop thriller Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, the 1977 horror movie The Last Cannibal World, and Cannibal Holocaust are among the comedies, crime flicks, and musicals he went on to direct.
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The torture thriller The House on the Edge of the Park, which was influenced by Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left, was Deodato’s next “video nasty” after the latter gained recognition. Following that were the slasher movies Body Count, starring seasoned American actor Charles Napier, and the sensual horror movie The Washing Machine.
Deodato played a cannibal in a brief cameo in the 2007 American horror film Hostel Part II. In the 2019 anthology film December, he received his most recent credit.
Earlier life of Ruggero Deodato, Where is he from? What about the family members
Ruggero Deodato was born on May 7, 1939 in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. He was 83 years old. Deodato was born in Potenza, Basilicata, and his family later relocated to Rome when he was a youngster.
At the age of 7, he moved to Denmark and began his musical career by playing the piano and leading a small orchestra. He gave up music after he got back to Italy because his private teacher had expelled him for using his ear.
Who is Ruggero Deodato wife? What about his children?
Ruggero Deodato was a happily married man to his wife Silvia Dionisio for the year 1971 to 1979. The couple got divorced and had 1 child together. After Silvia, Ruggero got together with Micaela Rocco with whom he has 1 child.