Alberto De Martino
Alberto De Martino (12 June 1929 – 2 June 2015) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Born in Rome, De Martino started as a child actor and later returned to the cinema where worked as a screenwriter, director and dubbing supervisor. De Martino's films as a director specialised in wellcrafted knock-offs of Hollywood hit films. These films were specifically created films in Western, horror and mythology genres which were developed for the international market. The Telegraph stated that his best known of these film was probably The Antichrist. The Antichrist capitalized on the box-office appeal of The Exorcist (1973) and in its first week in the United States earned a greater box office than Jaws.
Alberto De Martino
|Born||12 June 1929|
|Died||2 June 2015 85) (aged|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Life and career
Alberto De Martino was born on 12 June 1929 in Rome. De Martino was the son of a film make-up artist. He started his career as a child actor.
On attending University, De Martino studied law. Martino returned to a career in cinema working as an editor, screenwriter and as an assistant director. Martino stated he was encouraged to be a director by Federico Fellini for whom he supervised the dubbing for La Dolce Vita. De Martino was also very active in the field of dubbing, and he was dubbing director for more than 1,500 films.
De Martino was one of the active directors in the Italian genre cinema between 1960s and mid-1980s; his films spanned different genres, including Spaghetti Western, poliziotteschi, Peplum films and horror. A real life friend of Sergio Leone, he was second unit director in Duck, You Sucker! He was often credited as Martin Herbert.
In 1980, De Martino nearly lost his home when his film The Pumaman failed at the box office. Pumaman was followed by a few more films concluding his career with Miami Golem.
- Note: The films listed as N/A are not necessarily chronological.
|Director||Screenwriter||Screen story writer||Other|
|Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal||1937||Yes||Actor as "Son of Scipio"|
|Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete||1960||Yes||Assistant director|
|The Invincible Gladiator||1961||Yes||Yes||Yes||producer|
|Medusa Against the Son of Hercules||1963||Yes||Yes|
|The Blancheville Monster||Yes|
|Gli invincibili sette||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|The Triumph of Hercules||N/A||Yes|
|100.000 dollari per Ringo||1965||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Heroes of Fort Worth||N/A||Yes|
|The Spy with Ten Faces||1966||Yes||Yes|
|Special Mission Lady Chaplin||Yes|
|Django Shoots First||Yes|
|Roma come Chicago||1968||Yes||Yes|
|The Man with Icy Eyes||N/A||Yes|
|The Killer Is on the Phone||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ci risiamo, vero Provvidenza?||N/A||Yes|
|Counselor at Crime||1973||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Strange Shadows in an Empty Room||1976||Yes|
|Formula for a Murder||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|
- "Alberto De Martino; Italian director whose films were unrepentantly brazen versions of better-known Hollywood hits". The Daily Telegraph. 9 June 2015. p. 27.
- Stefania Ulivi (3 June 2015). "Addio a De Martino, regista di culto amato da Tarantino". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 8804572779.
- "Addio a Alberto De Martino, regista culto tra peplum e horror". corriere. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- "Addio a De Martino, regista di culto amato da Tarantino". Corriere della Sera.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 46.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 120.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 100.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 101.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 65.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 67.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 115.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 116.
- Curti 2015, p. 86.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 151.
- Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 140.
- "Il trionfo di Ercole (1964)" (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it.
- "Sangre sobre Texas [100.000 dollari per Ringo] (1965)" (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it.
- Hughes, Howard (2018). "Westerns, Italian Style: Once Upon a Timeline". The Complete Sartana (Booklet). Arrow Video. p. 34. FCD1762 / AV151.
- "Gli eroi di Fort Worth (1964)" (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it.
- "Der Mann mit den tausend Masken". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- "Missione speciale Lady Chaplin (1966)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.com. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- "Missione Speciale Lady Chaplin (1966)". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- "Django spara per primo (1966)" (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it.
- Hughes, Howard (2018). "Westerns, Italian Style: Once Upon a Timeline". The Complete Sartana (Booklet). Arrow Video. p. 37. FCD1762 / AV151.
- "...und morgen fahrt ihr zur Hölle". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
- "Operation Kid Brother". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
- Curti 2013, p. 14.
- Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia; Mario Pecorari. "Femmine insaziabili". Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 1992. ISBN 8876055932.
- "Mord im schwarzen Cadillac". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
- "L'uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio (1971)" (in Italian). Archiviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- Curti 2013, p. 55.
- Howarth 2015, p. 196.
- "L'assassino... è al telefono (1972)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- "Ci risiamo, vero Provvidenza?" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- Curti 2013, p. 79.
- "L'anticristo (1974)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- Firsching, Robert. "Antichrist (1974)". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 28 November 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- Curti 2013, p. 196.
- "Holocaust 2000". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 45 no. 528. London: British Film Institute. 1978. pp. 47–48.
- Curti 2016, p. 160.
- Curti 2016, p. 161.
- "7, Hyden Park. La casa maledetta (1985)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- "* * Mi ami Golem (1986)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968–1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765.
- Curti, Roberto (2015). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957–1969. McFarland. ISBN 1476619891.
- Curti, Roberto (2016). Diabolika: Supercriminals, Superheroes and the Comic Book Universe in Italian Cinema. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 978-1-936168-60-6.
- Howarth, Troy (2015). So Deadly, So Perverse. 1. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 1936168502.
- Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908–1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.