Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

E.T., Alien effects creator Carlo Rambaldi dies at 86


(ANSA) - Catanzaro, August 10 - Italian special-effects
great Carlo Rambaldi, who was famous for creating the title
character in the film E.T., died Friday at the age of 86 in the
southern town of Lamezia Terme where he lived.
Rambaldi won three Oscars - including a Special Achievement
Award - for his work on King Kong, Alien and E.T.
Rambaldi, who is credited with developing special effects
for some 32 pictures, including classics like Close Encounters
of the Third Kind and Dune, was perhaps the first effects
creator to have to prove that his special effects were not real
after dog mutilation scenes in 1971's A Lizard in Woman's Skin
were so realistic that the film's director was prosecuted for
animal cruelty.
Lucio Fulci got off without serving any time after Rambaldi
offered up enough evidence to show that no real animal was used
in making the movie.
In the early 2000s hit TV series Alias, centered on the
improbable adventures of female CIA agent Sydney Bristow (played
by Jennifer Garner), character Milo Rambaldi was named after
Rambaldi was known as an old-style effects man who often
complained that computers had taken the magic out of his
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna,
where he developed his passion for electromechanics and the
anatomy of the human skeleton and musculature.
Inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Italian
artist Renato Guttuso, Rambaldi won substantial acclaim for
his early art work.
But in 1963 he entered the Italian cinema as a special
effects artist and subsequently worked for a host of top
Italian directors including Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo
Pasolini, Mario Monicelli and Dario Argento.
In 1976 he became involved with the construction of
Dino De Laurentiis' King Kong and embarked on a very
successful period of work in America, where he moved in 1977.
Rambaldi, who felt a strong bond with his homeland in
Calabria, moved to Lamezia Terme 10 years ago.
His wife had origins in the same region.
"With Rambaldi's passing we lose a special effects wizard.
He was a true genius," said Mario Caligiuri, the Calabria
region's cultural affairs councillor, who announced the death.

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