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Aristide Massaccesi 15 December — 23 Januaryknown professionally as Joe D'Amatowas an Italian film producerdirector and cinematographerwho worked in many genres westernsdecameroticipeplumwar filmsswashbucklercomedyfantasypostapocalyptic filmand erotic thriller but is best known for his horrorerotic and adult films.
D'Amato worked in the s as electric and set photographer, in the s as camera operator, and from onwards as cinematographer. Starting inhe directed and co-directed around films under numerous pseudonyms, regularly acting as cinematographer as well.
From to and from toD'Amato also produced and directed about adult films. D'Amato took on the role of director for the first time in festival del sesso in America He started out with a number of small western films Go Away!
Trinity Has Arrived in Eldorado and A Bounty Killer in Trinity and decamerotici More Sexy Canterbury Tales and Novelle licenziose di vergini vogliose which he partly directed, partly co-directed  before going on to direct the gothic horror film Death Festival del sesso in America on a Murderer and the festival del sesso in America film Heroes in Hellboth starring Klaus Kinski.
D'Amato's next film Emanuelle's Revengewhich he co-directed with Bruno Mattei who remains uncredited because D'Amato was a "rising name" was one of several films at the time whose titles alluded to the successful French erotic film Emmanuelle In his next film, the commedia sexy Voto di castitàscripted by George EastmanD'Amato met Laura Gemserwho would star in many of his films and in the s and early s would also regularly work festival del sesso in America costume designer for his productions.
In this first film, she only played the small part of a French maid, but it was during the shoot that D'Amato got the idea to use her as star in his next film. Eva nera was the exotic erotic drama which D'Amato directed starring Gemser as topless snake dancer alongside Jack Palance and Gabriele Tinti — festival del sesso in America future husband.
Gemser, who had previously starred in Bitto Albertini 's Black Emanuellewent on to shoot the following five films of the Black Emanuelle series under D'Amato's direction. Movie business was very good. We travelled round the world, finding new and fascinating locations for our movies. Of the 12 films D'Amato directed in and9 were shot in the Dominican Republic. In a interview, he said that once the trip was paid for, the costs were low and the setting festival del sesso in America "the Caribbean In mid-Octoberback in Italy, D'Amato started shooting the nunsploitation film Images in a Convent  and in earlywhich was to become a particularly productive year,  he directed the festival del sesso in America erotic thriller Il porno shop della settima strada The Pleasure Shop on Seventh Avenue  on location in New York both films produced by Franco Gaudenzi's company Kristal Film.
The voodoo-themed Sesso nerowritten by George Eastmanwas the last film D'Amato shot in the Caribbean, at the end ofand the first film D'Amato produced on his own, through his newly founded company, P. Produzioni Festival del sesso in America Massaccesi. Of the Caribbean group of films it received the earliest theatrical release — the films only being released gradually throughout and After his return from the Caribbean, D'Amato also co-founded Filmirage and used the companies to produce and direct the gore film Antropophagusproduced through P.
D'Amato also founded and co-founded two further production companies "Cinema 80" and "M. For M. Donatella Donati, the daughter of Ermanno Donatibecame D'Amato's assistant and constant collaborator, usually acting as production secretary and assistant director.
The two companies were the main vehicles for D'Amato's film production of this period. From untilD'Amato produced 14 hardcore pornographic films through both companies Cinema 9 films, M. The average Cinema 80 or M. It recounted the final days of the Roman Emperor Caligula and was followed by two purely hardcore pornographic films — Una vergine per l'impero romano and Messalina orgasmo imperiale — in which D'Amato reused sets and costumes from the first film, albeit on a significantly lower budget.
They have been called his "porno- peplum trilogy ". Messalina orgasmo imperiale shot in also happened to be the last film of this period.
InD'Amato had taken over a company from producer Ermanno Donati. D'Amato had renamed the company to "Filmirage" and used it to produce his own and, from onwards, also other directors' films for the international market. The films follow the success of Mad Max and Mad Max 2 In and earlyD'Amato briefly reactivated his company M.
D'Amato is reported to have collaborated on some of these himself as well, although it remains speculative in which function and on which ones.
The four films recall the style and themes of Tinto Brass 's La chiave The Key while their plots and characters are not interconnected in any way. There followed a phase in which D'Amato directed softcore films predominantly in the United States, often takes on popular American films. At the beginning of the s, D'Amato revisited his Ator series with a concluding entry entitled Quest for the Mighty Sword featuring the Son of Ator. Ininspired by the success of the Chinese erotic comedy Sex and Festival del sesso in AmericaD'Amato then went to the Philippines to shoot a number of Asian themed softcore films, for which he often used Chinese pseudonyms.
Later inD'Amato went back to predominantly producing and directing hardcore pornography. In between shooting adult films from toD'Amato also made four attempts at returning to genre films. Inhe festival del sesso in America the erotic drama Provocation set in the Italian countryside festival del sesso in America the s starring Erika Savastani,  and in the erotic comedy Top Girl set in and around an American TV station  and the erotic thriller The Hyena starring Cinzia Roccaforte, which received a limited theatrical release in Italy.
Throughout his career, D'Amato used his birthname Aristide Massaccesi only once for a directorial credit, namely for Death Smiles on a Murderer For his first work as camera operator, it was the only name he was credited with, and as cinematographer, writer of stories and scriptwriter, he credited himself or was credited with it regularly until the early s.
The first pseudonyms used by Aristide Massaccesi were his actor's credits in the spaghetti westerns Straniero His best known pseudonym is the anglicized Joe D'Amatowhich he first adopted as director of Giubbe Rosse The pseudonym Federiko Sloniskosometimes also spelled Federico Slonisco or any mixture of these festival del sesso in America spellings including the short form Fred and several other mis- or variant spellingswas regularly used for D'Amato's work as cinematographer starting in The pseudonyms Federico Slonisco Jr.
This pseudonm is also festival del sesso in America be found as directorial credit for Death Smiles on a Murderer in the entry at Public Cinematographic Register, but was later changed to D'Amato's birthname for the release.
David Hills was also used as directorial credit festival del sesso in America an early announcement of Deep Bloodbut was exchanged by the allonym Raf Donato for the official release. For the last festival del sesso in America films of D'Amato's "porno-peplum trilogy", Una vergine per l'impero and Messalina orgasmo imperiale both releasedD'Amato used Dirk Frey as cinematographer and Robert Hall and O. Clarke as director, respectively. The pseudonym Peter Newton was used for D'Amato's credit as cinematographer on Paradiso blu  and his directorial credit on Absurd The female pseudonym Joan Russell was used for D'Amato's directorial credit on Una tenera storia For his oriental films ofD'Amato used a number of new pseudo-oriental pseudonyms.
An allonym is distinguished from a pseudonym in that it is the given name or pseudonym of a different person from the one who should be credited. Romano Gastaldithe pseudonym of Romano Scandariato, was used for the directorial credit on More Sexy Canterbury Taleswhich D'Amato directed while Scandariato was his assistant director,  and for Fra' Tazio da Velletriwhich D'Amato left after a disagreement soon after the beginning of the shoot; Scandariato, his assistant, finished the film and was credited.
The film was reportedly directed by D'Amato and Santaniello was the film's producer. Anna Bergman ' s name was also used for the directorial credit on Paradiso blu Bergman was the main actress, but D'Amato directed the film. Her name was used for the directorial credit because, according to Luigi Cozzi, the producer did not want it to be seen as an erotic film for which D'Amato was already known at the time.
Bernabei stated in an interview that he created it with Walerian Borowczyk 's name in mind. Of these 14 films, Bernabei directed 3, D'Amato According to an interview he gave init was to camouflage his return.
Raf Donatoa variant of Raffaele Donato's name, was festival del sesso in America for the directorial credit on Deep Blood According to D'Amato, Donato had planned to direct the film, but only directed the first scene. D'Amato directed the rest of the film. According to the actresses who worked with him, D'Amato was sociable, humorous with a sense of irony, amiable, and supportive; to some he appeared like a father.
Gemser also remembered that D'Amato rarely got angry, and that when it happened he usually took it with irony; when deeply angered, however, he would shout and curse and become insufferable. InJoe D'Amato was a special guest at the London film festival "Eurofest" which took place at the Everyman Cinema, Hampsteadwhere he gave an onstage interview to Mary Ashworth inbetween screenings of Stage FrightEmanuelle and the Last Cannibalsand Frankenstein — the latter a world premiere, followed by a signing session.
Posthumously, on 14 Aprilthe Cinémathèque Française in Paris screened a D'Amato double feature from newly acquired theatrical prints under the title Le sang et la chair translation: The Blood and the Fleshconsisting of Antropophagus and Le sexe noir both The "Hofbauer Kongress", which takes place at least once every year since at the Komm Kino in NurembergGermany, has repeatedly screened D'Amato's films mostly from 35 mm printswith the 15th and 16th edition of the festival being especially devoted to the filmmaker.
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