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Alberto De Martino
Italian film director and screenwriter

Alberto De Martino

Alberto De Martino
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Intro Italian film director and screenwriter
Known for The Pumaman
Was Film director Screenwriter
From Italy
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 12 June 1929, Rome, Italy
Death 2 June 2015, Rome, Italy (aged 86 years)
Star sign Gemini
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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.

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.

He died in Rome on 2 June 2015 at the age of 85.

Selected filmography

Note: The films listed as N/A are not necessarily chronological.
Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
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
Gladiators 7 1962 Yes Yes
Medusa Against the Son of Hercules 1963 Yes Yes
The Blancheville Monster Yes
Gli invincibili sette [it] Yes Yes Yes
Gladiators Seven 1964 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
Dirty Heroes 1967 Yes Yes
O.K. Connery Yes
Roma come Chicago 1968 Yes Yes
Carnal Circuit 1969 Yes Yes
The Man with Icy Eyes N/A Yes
Crime Boss 1972 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
The Antichrist 1974 Yes Yes Yes
Strange Shadows in an Empty Room 1976 Yes
Holocaust 2000 N/A Yes Yes Yes
The Pumaman 1980 Yes Yes
Formula for a Murder N/A Yes Yes Yes
Miami Golem N/A Yes
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