Ruggero Deodato the controversial Italian Director was born today in 1939. In the ’60s, 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 ‘Jungle Holocaust’, then in late 1979 he released the movie that he will forever be associated with, the ultra-gory ‘Cannibal Holocaust’. With its release Deodato created massive controversy in both Italy and the UK which was wrongly claimed by some to be a ‘snuff film’ due to the overly realistic gore effects. Deodato was forced to reveal the secrets behind the film’s effects and to parade the lead actors before an Italian Court to prove that they were still alive. Deodato also received condemnation, rightly so, for the use of real animal torture in his films. He then released his 1980 thriller ‘House on the Edge of the Park’, which was the most censored of the video nasties in the UK for its graphic violence. In the ’80s he made some other slasher/horror films, including ‘Phantom of Death’, ‘Dial Help’ and ‘Body Count’. In the ’90s he turned to TV movies and dramas with some success. Recently, he made a cameo appearance in Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part 2 as a cannibal feasting on his victim’s leg. Happy birthday you sick bastard.
Al Pacino is 71 years old today. A superstar of 70’s cinema, he has been nominated for 8 Academy Awards, finally winning in 1993 for ‘Scent of a Woman’. Star of some of my favourite movies of all time: ‘Serpico’, ‘The Godfather Trilogy’, ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, ‘Scarface’, ‘Heat’ and ‘Carlitos Way’ to name a few. Happy Birthday Al.
Happy Birthday Jack. I watched ‘The Last Detail’ (1973) again about a week ago, it’s still good and Jack is still amazing in it. He has this incredible ability to play horrible characters that we still like. Legend.
Charlie Chaplin was born 122 years ago today in London. Chaplin was one of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. Working in the entertainment industry for over 75 years; from music hall as a child performer until just before his death at 88. Most famous for his creation ‘The Tramp’ he worked in America between 1913 – 1952 when after being labelled a communist during the McCarthy era he left and was unable to return until 1972 when he was presented with a special academy award. A true innovator, he broke new ground with film making techniques and with contemporaries D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr set up their own studio United Artists. Legend.