Joe D'Amato

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Joe D'Amato

Prolific Italian filmmaker who directed roughly 200 films, usually at the same time acting as producer and cinematographer, and sometimes providing the script as well add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1936.

Country: United States (100%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese

Linked to: Cinecitta, British Film Institute, American Film Institute




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Joe D'Amato was born in 1936 add something


He began his career in 1961 as camera operator add something


In the second half of the 1970s, D'Amato tried to capitalize on the worldwide commercial success of the French softcore movie series "Emmanuelle" add something


In 1972, D'Amato started directing his own movies whilst still continuing to work as cinematographer for other directors add something


Around 1973, he started using directorial pseudonyms, the first being "Michael Wotruba" add something


In 1974, he first used the name "Joe D'Amato" as director on the Canadian spaghetti western Cormack of the Mounties, a name proposed by producer Ermanno Donati to resemble Italian American the Italian names of directors such as Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma and which became his better-known pseudonym add something


In the early 1980s D'Amato made some of his best known gore films such as "Antropophagus", "Absurd" , and "Buio Omega" , for which he later gained cult status among horror film fans add something


This seems especially likely for the years devoted to the production of hardcore pornography in the early 1980s and the second half of the 1990s add something


D'Amato was one of the few porn directors who in the late 1990s continued to shoot on 35mm film add something


In 1994, when Italian cinema was at a low point commercially, D'Amato returned to hardcore filmmaking add something


Until 1994, D'Amato's horror movies contained graphic gore scenes, many of a cannibalistic nature add something


Then, from 1995 until his death in early 1999, he mostly directed and produced movies on his own again, founding the production companies Butterfly Motion Pictures and Capital Film add something


Shortly after completing the hardcore feature "Showgirl", Joe D'Amato died of heart failure at his villa in Rome in early 1999 add something

Joe D'Amato died in 1999 add something


Joe D'Amato died of a heart attack in Rome on January 23, 1999 add something


D'Amato directed his last horror film "Frankenstein 2000" , which combined a modern take on the traditional "Frankenstein" story with elements of the rape and revenge film add something


The "Joe D'Amato Horror Festival", with the art direction of Paolo Ruffini, was held for the first time in Pietrasanta in April 2007 add something


It took place a second time in October and November 2014 in Livorno, moderated by Antonio Tentori add something


On February 1-3, 2019, honoring the 20th anniversary of D'Amato's death, the Filmarchiv Austria held a "Tribute to Joe D'Amato" at the Metro Kinokulturhaus in Vienna in which 10 films he directed were shown from original 35 mm prints add something