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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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Patriarchy in Cannibal Holocaust

Patriarchy in Cannibal Holocaust

(p.85) Chapter 4: Patriarchy in Cannibal Holocaust
Cannibal Holocaust

Calum Waddell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses how the female form in Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust is sexually punished. It describes the terrified women that are subjected to humiliation, degradation, rape, and slaughter throughout Deodato's film. It also looks into the concept of violent patriarchy in both the Western world and the developing world. The chapter compares and contrasts Alan Yates and his team's treatment of the film's central female character, Faye, with the actions of the cannibal tribes in Amazonia regarding women. It analyses Faye's isolated treatment, in which her humiliation is presented to indicate the domineering masculinity of Yates and his friends and the lack of influence a female voice has on their transgressions.

Keywords:   Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust, humiliation, degradation, rape, slaughter, cannibal tribes, Amazonia, violent patriarchy

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