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Renato Polselli (1922 - 2006)

1922 - 2006

Related: Italian horror - director - Italian film - Ernesto Gastaldi

Walter Brandi e Maria Luisa Rolando in L'amante del vampiro (1960) - Renato Polselli
image sourced here. [Aug 2005]

There are three masters of Italian fantastic cinema: Argento, Fulci and Bava. However, Renato Polselli's L'amante del vampiro (1960) was the first Italian horror film to turn a profit. [Dec 2006]


... Italian horror and sexploitation director Renato Polselli died at the age of 84. Born in Arce, Italy in 1922, Polselli died of natural causes on October 1 -- only two weeks after the death of actor Mickey Hargitay, who starred in some of his best-known films.

Polselli directed his first feature, L'ULTIMO PERDONO, in 1952; it was the first of four proto-giallo thrillers that preceded his first international success, L'AMANTE DEL VAMPIRO (1960), released in America as THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA. A significant title in the history of Italian horror cinema, L'AMANTE DEL VAMPIRO (scripted by the great Ernesto Gastaldi) was the first Italian horror film to be green-lighted after the surprise boxoffice success of DRACULA IL VAMPIRO, the Italian dub of Hammer's HORROR OF DRACULA. While not a film of the caliber of Mario Bava's LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO [aka BLACK SUNDAY], which went into production three months later, it was the first Italian horror film to turn a profit. --http://videowatchdog.blogspot.com/2006/10/rip-renato-polselli-armando-govoni.html [Dec 2006]

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