Ruggero Deodato

Ruggero Deodato (born May 7, 1939) is an Italian film director and screen writer, best known for directing violent and gory horror films. Deodato is infamous for his 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust. Deodato was born in Potenza, Basilicata. He grew up in the neighborhood where Rome's major film studios are located. It was there that he learned how to direct under Roberto Rossellini and Sergio Corbucci; he helped to make Corbucci's The Son of Spartacus and Django as an assistant director. Later on in the 1960s, he directed some comedy, musical, and thriller films, before leaving cinema to do TV commercials. In 1976 he returned to the big screen with his ultra-violent police flick Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man. In 1977 he directed a jungle adventure called Ultimo mondo cannibale or "The Last Cannibal World" (also known as Jungle Holocaust) starring British actress Me Me Lai with which he 'rebooted' the cannibal film / mondo genre started years earlier by Italian director Umberto Lenzi. Late in 1979 he returned to the cannibal subgenre with his ultra-gory Cannibal Holocaust.


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