Eaten Alive! The Rise and Fall of the Italian Cannibal Film ★★★★

Most of my generous rating goes to the academic who speaks of the aesthetic, political, and social development of the cannibal genre. She speaks of the complex aesthetics of these films, such as the score in Cannibal Holocaust, or the difficulties of pining down the genres of these loose collection of exploitation films. The anecdotes and memories of the filmmakers and actors are enjoyable (Deodato's argument that he invented the subgenre is compelling). The film does a good job contextualizing, both historicizing and situating the films' political content (such as the optics of race). Very fascinating for the weirdos such as myself who can't stay away from these loathsome films.

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