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Sergio Martino

  • Highest Rated: 100% Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) (1972)
  • Lowest Rated: 43% I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (Torso) (Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence) (1973)
  • Birthday: Jul 19, 1938
  • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
  • Prolific Italian genre filmmaker Sergio Martino was born in Rome to a family with impressive film credits. His maternal grandfather, Genaro Rigelli, had directed films in Germany for many years and helmed the first Italian sound film, La Canzone dell'Amore. Starting his career as an assistant director for Rigelli and filmmakers such as Mario Bava and Brunello Rondi, Martino eventually moved into directing himself, with the lurid 1969 documentary Mondo Sex. Over the next three decades, Martino was responsible for some of the more exploitative films in a number of genres, moving from spaghetti Westerns (Arizona, Mannaja) to giallo thrillers (Lo Strano Vizio della Signora Wardh, La Coda dello Scorpione) to gritty crime films, sex comedies (including the minor hit 40 Gradi all'Ombre del Lenzuolo with Marty Feldman), jungle adventures, and apocalyptic science fiction. There were many duds, such as the appalling Ursula Andress vehicle La Montagna del Dio Cannibale and the ridiculous L'Isola degli Uomini Pesce, but quite a few gems such as Tutti Colori del Buio, surely one of the more surreal gialli of the cycle; 2019 Dopo la Caduta di New York, a rousing Mad Max 2 knockoff; and I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale, which played double-bills with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in America and was one of the first Italian horror films to gain a deluxe director's cut release on DVD. Like most Italian exploitation specialists, he worked increasingly for television in the 1990s, when the country's declining film industry precluded the necessary financing for low-budget theatrical releases. His brother is producer/director Luciano Martino.

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No Score Yet Il paese delle piccole piogge Director 2012
No Score Yet L' Allenatore Nel Pallone 2 Director 2008
No Score Yet L'ultimo rigore 2 Director 2006
No Score Yet Craving Desire (Graffiante desiderio) Director 1993
No Score Yet Casablanca Express Director 1989
No Score Yet The Opponent (Qualcuno pagherà?) (Uppercut Man) Director 1989
No Score Yet Vendetta dal futuro (Hands of Steel) (Atomic Cyborg) (Arms of Steel) (Return of the Terminator) Director 1986
No Score Yet L'Allenatore nel pallone Director 1984
No Score Yet 2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York (After the Fall of New York) Director 1983
No Score Yet Assassinio al cimitero etrusco (Scorpion with Two Tails) (Murder in an Etruscan Cemetery) Director 1982
No Score Yet Mannaja (A Man Called Blade) Director 1980
No Score Yet Il fiume del grande caimano (The Big Alligator River) (The Great Alligator) Screenwriter Director 1979
No Score Yet Mountain of the Cannibal God (La montagna del dio cannibale) (Primitive Desires) (Slave of the Cannibal God) Director 1978
No Score Yet Sex With A Smile (40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo) Director 1976
No Score Yet La città gioca d'azzardo (Gambling City) (The Cheaters) Director 1975
No Score Yet Too Young to Die (Morte sospetta di una minorenne) Screenwriter Director 1975
43% I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (Torso) (Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence) Director 1973
No Score Yet Giovannona coscialunga, disonorata con onore (Giovannona Long-Thigh) Director 1973
No Score Yet The Violent Professionals Director 1973
100% Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) Director 1972
No Score Yet La coda dello scorpione (Case of the Scorpion's Tail) Director 1971
No Score Yet Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh) Director 1971
No Score Yet Arizona Colt Returns (Arizona si scatenò... e li fece fuori tutti)(If You Gotta Shoot Someone-Bang!) Director 1970
No Score Yet Naked and Violent (America così nuda, così violenta) Director 1970


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