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Cannibal Holocaust (1980) - Ruggero Deodato
The controversial exploitation film Cannibal Holocaust from 1980 was the brainchild of Gianfranco Clerici and Giorgio Stegani, under the direction of Ruggero Deodato.
The movie examines the lengths that one will go to for promised fame and fortune, and the inevitable consequences of a battle between good and evil, though exactly who is good and who is evil is sufficiently blurred.
Much of the controversy around the movie surrounds a famous scene in which a large turtle is butchered on camera. Many condemn this as animal cruelty for the purpose of mere sensationalism, and it has even been called "animal torture." This is a dubious claim, however, since even a cursory examination of the film reveals that the turtle was killed within the first few seconds of its capture. However, in Italy an obscure law which prohibited cruelty to guinea pigs resulted in the film being banned outright there until 1983.
A realistic-appearing death depicted in the movie caused a court to summon Deodato and demand proof that the actor had not in fact been killed.
The movie is banned in many countries due to its gory content.
Tagline: Those who filmed it were devoured alive by cannibals! --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibal_Holocaust [May 2005]
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