Cannibal Holocaust (1979)
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An anthropologist heads a rescue party into the South American jungle to find a missing film team making a documentary on cannibal tribes but can only return with their footage, which reveals their crueler intentions.
Jan 1, 1979 Wide
Dec 20, 2005
Blackest Heart Media
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Its pointed attack on exploitative film-making seems somewhat rich in the circumstances, but this is well made, uniquely unpleasant and almost deserving of its huge cult status.
Rough, but it's an interesting type of sensationalism from a (thankfully) bygone production era. It's not a film to be enjoyed, but it certainly offers a singular genre bite that's impressively gonzo.
An enormous master work from Ruggero Deodato whose own film has pretty much guaranteed to outlive its creator.
[VIDEO ESSAY] Apart from being a truly disturbing film, "Cannibal Holocaust" serves up a cold plate of scathing social commentary.
Cannibal Holocaust is certainly unpleasant, uncomfortable, even offensive - which is to say that it is uncompromisingly true to its genre - but that is not to undermine its fierce, probing intelligence.
Deodato became confused and made the very thing he was ostensibly criticising.
Basically perfect: it achieves its goals in virtually every respect. Deodato made a movie whose purpose is to make me feel awful, and I do.
Ruggero Deodato's purposefully unwatchable opus questions the film image's validity while debasing it
The completely heinous nature of the film...is exposed through its own inconsistencies.
The effect is now familiar, but back then it was incredibly shocking, as most viewers believed every word of it.
... specious commentary on the manipulation of violence in news and documentary footage and the exploitation of sordid spectacle for entertainment.
Most of the enduring grindhouse movies lose the residue of sweaty misanthropy through the simple, inevitable obsolescence of their hard-candied centers of shock value.
Whether or not it was his intention, it is also possible to discern a message amid the cruelty: read this as a savage indictment of the power of the media in general, and exploitative documentary filmmaking in particular.
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