Ruggero Deodato, the Italian director behind the terrible and controversial 1980s film Cannibal tribedied on Thursday in Rome, the Il Messaggero newspaper reports. He was 83.
Made in a documentary style and shot in Colombia, Cannibal tribe Robert Kerman stars and uses purported “found footage” made by a brutal American film crew on an expedition into the Amazon jungle to locate indigenous tribes.
It depicts murder, mutilation, torture, gang rape, and animal slaughter and is banned in several countries including Deodato’s, with Italian authorities seizing his films and destroy prints immediately after theatrical release.
Deodato was put on trial for the murder of the actor and faced 30 years in prison, but he brought to trial the men were presumed dead and the charge was dropped (the actors signed contract disappears for one year). However, he was fined for obscenity.
Deodato said he made Cannibal tribe in response to sensational reports of terrorism shown on Italian television at the time. And in a 2011 interview with guardHe defends scenes of animal abuse.
“When I was young, growing up, I spent a lot of time in the countryside close to animals and therefore often witnessed the moment they passed away,” he said. “The death of animals, though unbearable — especially in today’s urban mindset — always happens to feed the characters of the film or the film crew, both in the story and in real life. .”
I said walkie talkie in November that “all animals were eaten. They didn’t just die for the movie.”
Deodato has a cameo as a cannibal in Eli Roth’s Dormitory Part II (2007), and the American horologist used Cannibal tribe as the inspiration for his own cannibal movie, Green Hell (two thousand and thirteen).
Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone also consider him an influencer.
Born on May 7, 1939 in Potenza, Italy, Deodato worked as assistant director to Roberto Rossellini on Il Generale Della Rovere (1959) and Escape in the night (1960) and for Sergio Corbucci on spaghetti Westerns Django and Ringo and his golden pistolboth were released in 1966.
He made his directorial debut on Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (1964).
His resume also includes Live like a cop, die like a man (1976), Holocaust in the forest (1977), The house on the edge of the park (1980), Number of bodies (1986), barbarians (1987), Washing machine (1993) and horoscope (2019).