Luigi Batzella

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Luigi Batzella
Born May 24, 1924
San Sperate, Italy
Died November 18, 2008(2008-11-18) (aged 84)
San Sperate, Italy
Occupation Film director, screenwriter actor

Luigi Batzella (San Sperate, 27 May 1924 – San Sperate, 18 November 2008) was an Italian film director, screenwriter and former actor who used numerous pseudonyms such as Paolo Solvay, Ivan Kathansky, A.M. Frank, Gigi Batzella, Paul Hamus, Dean Jones and Paul Selway.

Life and career[edit]

Batzella made films in a variety of genres, directing Spaghetti Westerns such as A Pistol for Django and Paid in Blood,[1][2] war films such as When the Bell Tolls, erotic horror such as Nude for Satan and Nazi-exploitation with Achtung! The Desert Tigers and The Beast in Heat.

Batzella became known for working with very low budgets, using stock footage and recycling scenes from one film to another. Both Achtung! The Desert Tigers and The Beast in Heat feature footage from When the Bell Tolls.

He worked with a number of established B-actors of the time like Richard Harrison, Gordon Mitchell, Brad Harris, Rita Calderoni and Mark Damon. Batzella's directing career ranged from the late 1960s to the late 1970s.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. 

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