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Joe D’Amato

Joe D’AMATO (1936-1999, Italy) was a cinematographer, screenwriter and filmmaker. He was born Aristide Massaccesi, one of his many pseudonyms. He worked in many genres but is best known for his horror, erotic and adult films. In his early life, he assisted in the dubbing of Italian film productions and designed titles and credits. He then became a still photographer and camera operator, before beginning his career as a cinematographer and filmmaker. He began making small Western films like Go Away! Trinity Has Arrived in Eldorado (1972) before making the gothic horror film Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973). Emanuelle’s Revenge (1975) was his first pornographic film, in the Black Emanuelle series that was under his direction. He was the owner of Filmirage, a production company that produced his own and other filmmakers’ films for the international market. His last film was the adult film Showgirl (1999), a take on Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls (1995). Many international films festivals still screen his films.


(selection) Go Away! Trinity Has Arrived in Eldorado (1972), Sollazzevoli storie di moglie gaudenti e di mariti penitenti (1972), La morte ha sorriso all’assassino (1973), Novelle licenziose di vergini vogliose (1974), Emanuelle’s Revenge (1975), Emmanuelle in Bangkok (1976), Emanuelle in America (1976), Emanuelle e Françoise (1976), Emmanuelle – Perché violenze alle donne (1977), Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali (1977), Papaya dei Caraibi (1978), Emanuelle e le pornonotti (1978), Le notti erotiche dei morti viventi (1979), Voodoo Baby (1980), Antropophagus: The Grim Reaper (1981), Caligola: La storia mai raccontata (1981), Anno 2020 – I gladiatori del futuro (1982), Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1983), The Blade Master (1984), Endgame (1985), Voglia di guardare (1986), Delizia (1987), High Finance Woman (1989), Blue Angel Cafe (1989), Quest for the Mighty Sword (1990), Ossessione fatale (1991), Passion (1992), Jungle Heat (1994), Paprika (1995), Midnight Obsession (1995), Marco Polo (1995), Juliet & Romeo (1996), Showgirl (1999)

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  • Endgame

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  • Antropophagus

    On a deserted Greek island, a group of tourists is thinned down by a cadaver-consuming monster. No one is spared… Regarded by aficionados as the bes

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