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Cannibal Holocaust$
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Calum Waddell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325116

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325116.001.0001

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(p.21) Introduction
Cannibal Holocaust

Calum Waddell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter introduces Ruggero Deodato, director of Cannibal Holocaust, who is best described as a journeyman filmmaker. It describes Deodato as a director who would go from genre to genre, project to project and turn his abilities to each venture with notable professionalism and distinct style. It also mentions Cannibal Holocaust's graphic sexual and violent content, which was successfully prosecuted as obscene in the UK during the notorious video nasty era. This chapter talks about Cannibal Holocaust's belated arrival in American cinemas in June 1985, which only slipped in and out of the country's theatres almost unnoticed. It argues how Cannibal Holocaust is considered to be a product of the Vietnam War.

Keywords:   Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust, violent content, video nasty era, American cinema, Vietnam War

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