Alberto De Martino
|Alberto De Martino|
12 June 1929|
|Died||2 June 2015
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
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. Horror film fans also remember him for The Blancheville Monster, Blood Link, Formula for a Murder, Medusa vs the Son of Hercules and Holocaust 2000.
Life and career
Alberto De Martino was born on June 12, 1929 in Rome. De Martino was the son of a film make-up artist. He started his career as a child actor. By then, the golden age of Italian cinema was fading, but there was still plenty of work to be had from more commercial projects. The first film that he directed, known in English as The Invincible Gladiator (1961), was part of the "sword-and-sandals" craze, after which De Martino turned his hand to the newly fashionable spaghetti Western, notably with Ringo (1965).
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.
- The Invincible Gladiator (1962)
- Medusa vs the Son of Hercules (1963) aka "Perseus the Invincible"
- The Blancheville Monster (1963) aka "Horror"
- The Triumph of Hercules (1964) aka "Hercules vs the Giant Warriors"
- Gladiators Seven (1964) aka "The Revolt of the Seven"
- 100.000 dollari per Ringo (1965)
- Heroes of Fort Worth (1965)
- The Spy with Ten Faces (1966)
- Special Mission Lady Chaplin (1966)
- Django Shoots First (1966)
- Dirty Heroes (1967) starring John Ireland and Curd Jürgens
- O.K. Connery (1967) starring Neil Connery
- Roma come Chicago (1968) starring John Cassavetes
- Carnal Circuit (1969) starring Dorothy Malone
- The Man with Icy Eyes (1971) starring Barbara Bouchet
- The Killer Is on the Phone (1972) starring Telly Savalas
- Counselor at Crime (1973) starring Martin Balsam
- The Antichrist (1974) aka "The Tempter", starring Mel Ferrer
- Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976) aka "Blazing Magnum", starring Stuart Whitman
- Holocaust 2000 (1977) aka "The Chosen", starring Kirk Douglas
- The Pumaman (1980) starring Donald Pleasence
- Blood Link (1982) aka "Extrasensorial", starring Michael Moriarty
- Miami Golem (1985) starring David Warbeck
- Formula for a Murder (1985) aka "Seven Hyde Park", starring David Warbeck
- "Alberto De Martino; Italian director whose films were unrepentantly brazen versions of better-known Hollywood hits". The Daily Telegraph. June 9, 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.