Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Absurd (1981) and the Hack Ideals of Joe D’Amato


The Hack Ideals of Joe D’Amato

These are examples of great auteurs of Italian genre cinema - Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and Sergio Martino; legendary filmmakers whose best works have and will continue to stand the test of time. Joe D'Amato is in an entirely different league to this bunch - champion of the Serie A Hacks League. The late D'Amato was born Aristide Massaccesi and he used his real name in 1969 when starting work as a director of photography and also served as an assistant director on various productions. As a cinematographer, was where he earned his main crust though proving to be very talented even working with Martino. In 1972 gaining enough experience Massaccesi moved into directing his own features. He used many aliases throughout his directing career more so than any other filmmaker in cinematic history as so not to put his cinematography career at risk but still used his real name providing the camera work for his own films and is also credited as such for his screenwriting work.