R.I.P. Carlo Rambaldi

The great master of movies special effects Carlo Rambaldi died today.

Carlo Rambaldi was born on September 15, 1925 in Vigarano Mainarda, Italy. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and started working in cinema creating the dragon for the 1957 movie “Siegfried”.

Soon, Carlo Rambaldi became famous for his special effects and worked with several directors, including Mario Monicelli and Dario Argento. Inevitably, he worked mainly on the production of horror and science fiction movies.

In 1972, Carlo Rambaldi was forced to submit to a court of justice the puppets to simulate a canine vivisection shown in the movie “A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin” because its director Lucio Fulci was accused of cruelty to animals.

After working in the production of famous Italian movies such as “Deep Red”, Carlo Rambaldi started working for Hollywood productions, even at the highest level. Along with various colleagues, he won three Oscars for visual effects and special effects: for the 1976 movie “King Kong”, the 1979 movie “Alien” and 1982 movie “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”.

Over the years, Carlo Rambaldi worked for many other movies, including high-level one such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1977 and “Dune” in 1984.

For several years, Carlo Rambaldi had been living in Lamezia Terme, Italy.

Until the end Carlo Rambaldi was a supporter of mechatronics, creating special effects obtained through mechanics and electronics. He claimed that digital special effects cost more and required more time for their production than the mechatronics ones. Of course, Rambaldi was the greatest representative of the artists who create mechatronic special effects so his ones were better than any digital solution.

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