Cannibal Holocaust is a controversial exploitation film directed by
Ruggero Deodato and based on a screenplay written by Gianfranco
Clerici. Filmed in the Amazon Rainforest, it focuses on a team of four
documentarians who head deep into the jungle to make a documentary on
the primitive native tribes that live there. After two months and no
word from the team, a famous anthropologist is sent on a rescue
mission in hopes of finding the team alive. Cannibal Holocaust is one
of the best known exploitation films due to the controversy it caused
upon its release. After premiering in Italy, the film was seized by
the local Magistrate and Deodato was arrested for obscenity. He was
later accused of making a snuff film based on circulating rumors that
the film's actors were slain for the camera. Though Deodato would be
cleared of these charges, the film was banned in Italy, the UK,
Australia, and several other countries for graphic gore, sexual
violence, and for the genuine slayings of six animals featured in the
film. Despite this notoriety, Cannibal Holocaust is seen by some
critics as a social commentary on civilized society.
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Construction of the current St. Peter's Basilica (interior pictured)
in Vatican City, to replace the old St. Peter's Basilica built in the
4th century, began.
World War II: Sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers from the aircraft
carrier USS Hornet carried out the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the first
Allied attack on the Japanese home islands.
A suicide bomber destroyed the United States Embassy in Beirut with
a car bomb, killing over 60 people.
Iran-Iraq War: U.S. naval forces launched Operation Praying Mantis
in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf and the
subsequent damage to the American frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts.
Israeli forces shelled Qana, Lebanon during Operation Grapes of
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