Marta May, born María Jesús Mayor Ávila is a Spanish actress. In 1968 she was awarded by the Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos for best actress in La piel quemada. In 1975 Esteban Durán directed Algo de ti en el arcoiris at the Teatro Don Juan in Barcelona, it starred Alejandro Ulloa, Marta May, Eduardo Criado. La comedia as Valentina in "Sólo para hombres" Un encargo original in "El arte de mirar" Marta May on IMDb
Battle of the Commandos
Battle of the Commandos is a European Macaroni-War film directed in 1969 by Umberto Lenzi. The movie was a co-production between West Germany and Spain. Jack Palance: Col. Charley MacPherson Curd Jürgens: Gen. von Reilow Thomas Hunter: Capt. Kevin Burke Robert Hundar: Pvt. Raymond Stone Wolfgang Preiss: Col. Ackerman Helmuth Schneider: Pvt. Sam Schrier Guido Lollobrigida: Pvt. Tom Carlyle Aldo Sambrell: Sgt. Karim Habinda Diana Lorys: Janine Franco Fantasia: Schiwers, the French Maquis leader Gérard Herter: Lt. Hapke Mirko Ellis: Capt. Adler Bruno Corazzari: Pvt. Frank Madigan Battle of the Commandos was released in Spain on August 12, 1969 as La brigada de los condenados, it was released in West Germany on April 17, 1970 as Die zum Teufel gehen. Battle of the Commandos on IMDb
Oasis of Fear
Un posto ideale per uccidere known as Oasis of Fear and Dirty Pictures, or Deadly Trap, is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring Irene Papas, Ornella Muti and Ray Lovelock. It was produced by Carlo Ponti; the film was released in the USA in 1974, is available on video as both Oasis of Fear and Dirty Pictures. Two pornography-peddling hippies from Italy run out of material to sell, so they start taking "dirty pictures" of each other to add to their stock of smut. While on the run from the authorities in Sweden, the pair get invited to the home of a middle-aged woman named Barbara, the wife of a NATO colonel, she involves them first in sexual games later in a convoluted murder plot. It seems Barbara has murdered her husband and hidden the body in the trunk of her car, she gets the idea to frame the two hippies for the crime. Irene Papas: Barbara Slesar Ornella Muti: Ingrid Sjoman Ray Lovelock: Richard Butler Calisto Calisti: inspector Michel Bardinet: Baratti Antonio Mellino: Agostino Sal Borgese: friend of Agostino Umberto Raho Jacques Stany Umberto D'Orsi Tom Felleghi Franco Ressel Lenzi said he had trouble getting actress Irene Papas to participate in the threesome scene that takes place in the film.
Lead actor Ray Lovelock sings a song called "How Can You Live Your Life?" over the opening titles, accompanied by a sitar. List of Italian films of 1971 Luther-Smith,Adrian. Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. Oasis of Fear on IMDb
Umberto Lenzi was an Italian film director and novelist. A fan of film since young age, Lenzi studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and made his first film in 1958 which went unreleased, while his official debut happened in 1961 with Queen of the Seas. Lenzi's films of the 1960s followed popular trends of the era, which led to him directing several spy and erotic thriller films, he followed in suit in the 1970s making giallo films, crime films and making the first Italian cannibal film with Man from the Deep River. He continued making films up until the 1990s and worked as a novelist writing a series of murder mysteries. Umberto Lenzi was born on 6 August 1931 in the Massa Marittima province of Italy. Lenzi was a film enthusiast as early as grade school. While studying law, Lenzi created film fan clubs. Lenzi put off studying law and began pursuing the technical arts of filmmaking, he graduated from Rome's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 1956 and made I ragazzi di Trastevere as his final exam, a short film influenced by the writings of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Lenzi worked as a journalist for various newspapers and magazines, including Bianco e Nero and, between 1957 and 1960, penned a number of detective novels and adventure stories using a pseudonym. Prior to his first credited film as a director, Queen of the Seas, Lenzi directed a film in Greece in 1958 titled Mia Italida stin Ellada, or Vacanze ad Atene, never released. Lenzi's films of the 1960s revolved around popular genres of their respective time periods. In the early 1960s, Lenzi directed many adventure films including two features about Robin Hood and two films about Sandokan. By 1965, Lenzi began directing European spy films, such as 008: Operation Exterminate, followed by Super Seven Calling Cairo and The Spy Who Loved Flowers, adapted the fumetti neri comic character Kriminal to the screen. Lenzi turned to making war films such as Desert Commandos and Legion of the Damned and westerns such as Pistol for a Hundred Coffins and All Out. Lenzi had box office success in Italy with his erotic thrillers starring Carroll Baker such as Orgasmo, So Sweet...
So Perverse and A Quiet Place to Kill which were influenced by French "film noir" movies drawing from the works of Jacques Deray and René Clément. After the commercial success of giallo films by Dario Argento, Lenzi followed the new trend with Seven Bloodstained Orchids, which referenced both Cornell Woolrich and Edgar Wallace novels, while another giallo Knife of Ice was a variation of Robert Siodmak's The Spiral Staircase. Other gialli created by Lenzi in the early 1970s included Eyeball. During the early 1970s, Lenzi directed the first of the Italian cannibal films, with Man from the Deep River, a genre that he would explore again in the 1980s with Eaten Alive! and Cannibal Ferox. During the late 1970s, Lenzi devoted himself exclusively to crime dramas, with the exception of two war films: The Greatest Battle and From Hell to Victory; the 1980s marked the release of films that Roberto Curti described as some of Lenzi's "most notorious". These included Nightmare City and the mentioned Cannibal Ferox.
Lenzi worked on horror films towards the late 1980s, such as Ghosthouse under the name Humphrey Humbert and the slasher film Nightmare Beach, credited to Harry Kirkpatrick as Lenzi refused to sign his name to the film. Other 1980s work included horror films made for television, such as The House of Witchraft and The House of Lost Souls. Both films were part of a series titled Le casse maldette which were set up by Luciano Martino and were related by the theme of haunted houses; the films were shot but the series was not broadcast immediately. Lenzi reflected on these films saying he made them as if they were designed for theatrical release and that the producers, his colleagues and himself did not consider that television sponsors would not accept horror films; the two television series were released on VHS in 2000 in Italy and broadcast on Italian satellite TV in 2006. In 1989, Lenzi directed the police action film Cop Target in Miami and Santo Domingo, starring Robert Ginty and Charles Napier.
In 1990, using his own company and a low amount of funds, Lenzi shot two films in Brazil in a period of three months: the horror film Black Demons, which in 1996 he considered to be his masterpiece, the adventure film Hunt for the Golden Scorpion. In 1992, he shot the adventure film Mean Tricks starring Charles Napier, David Warbeck and David Brandon. Variety reported in 2006 that Lenzi was shooting a slasher film in Italy Horror Baby, a slasher about a 15-year-old paraplegic girl who becomes a serial killer after viewing a neighbor having sex from her window. Lenzi embarked on a career as a novelist, writing a series of murder mysteries set in the 1930s and'40s Cinecittà, involving real-life characters of the Italian film industry. Lenzi died on 19 October 2017; the director was hospitalized in the Ostia district of Rome. The cause of death is unknown. Umberto Lenzi was married to Olga Pehar. Roberto Curti referred to Lenzi as "one of the undisputed leading figures in Italian genre cinema" and that he was "a sort of institution in Italian genre cinema."
Louis Paul suggested that Lenzi released some "quite enjoyable action films in the 1960s and some good thrillers in the'70s, he never excelled at any one genre" and that Lenzi would "probably be remembered most for his cannibal-themed horror films." Note: Films listed as "N/A" in the ye
Tom Felleghy is a Hungarian actor. He appeared in more than one hundred films since 1958. Tom Felleghy on IMDb
DVD is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed in 1995. The medium can store any kind of digital data and is used for software and other computer files as well as video programs watched using DVD players. DVDs offer higher storage capacity than compact discs. Prerecorded DVDs are mass-produced using molding machines that physically stamp data onto the DVD; such discs are a form of DVD-ROM because data can only be not written or erased. Blank recordable DVD discs can be recorded once using a DVD recorder and function as a DVD-ROM. Rewritable DVDs can be erased many times. DVDs are used in DVD-Video consumer digital video format and in DVD-Audio consumer digital audio format as well as for authoring DVD discs written in a special AVCHD format to hold high definition material. DVDs containing other types of information may be referred to as DVD data discs; the Oxford English Dictionary comments that, "In 1995 rival manufacturers of the product named digital video disc agreed that, in order to emphasize the flexibility of the format for multimedia applications, the preferred abbreviation DVD would be understood to denote digital versatile disc."
The OED states that in 1995, "The companies said the official name of the format will be DVD. Toshiba had been using the name ‘digital video disc’, but, switched to ‘digital versatile disc’ after computer companies complained that it left out their applications.""Digital versatile disc" is the explanation provided in a DVD Forum Primer from 2000 and in the DVD Forum's mission statement. There were several formats developed for recording video on optical discs before the DVD. Optical recording technology was invented by David Paul Gregg and James Russell in 1958 and first patented in 1961. A consumer optical disc data format known as LaserDisc was developed in the United States, first came to market in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978, it used much larger discs than the formats. Due to the high cost of players and discs, consumer adoption of LaserDisc was low in both North America and Europe, was not used anywhere outside Japan and the more affluent areas of Southeast Asia, such as Hong-Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
CD Video released in 1987 used analog video encoding on optical discs matching the established standard 120 mm size of audio CDs. Video CD became one of the first formats for distributing digitally encoded films in this format, in 1993. In the same year, two new optical disc storage formats were being developed. One was the Multimedia Compact Disc, backed by Philips and Sony, the other was the Super Density disc, supported by Toshiba, Time Warner, Matsushita Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, Thomson, JVC. By the time of the press launches for both formats in January 1995, the MMCD nomenclature had been dropped, Philips and Sony were referring to their format as Digital Video Disc. Representatives from the SD camp asked IBM for advice on the file system to use for their disc, sought support for their format for storing computer data. Alan E. Bell, a researcher from IBM's Almaden Research Center, got that request, learned of the MMCD development project. Wary of being caught in a repeat of the costly videotape format war between VHS and Betamax in the 1980s, he convened a group of computer industry experts, including representatives from Apple, Sun Microsystems and many others.
This group was referred to as the Technical Working Group, or TWG. On August 14, 1995, an ad hoc group formed from five computer companies issued a press release stating that they would only accept a single format; the TWG voted to boycott both formats unless the two camps agreed on a converged standard. They recruited president of IBM, to pressure the executives of the warring factions. In one significant compromise, the MMCD and SD groups agreed to adopt proposal SD 9, which specified that both layers of the dual-layered disc be read from the same side—instead of proposal SD 10, which would have created a two-sided disc that users would have to turn over; as a result, the DVD specification provided a storage capacity of 4.7 GB for a single-layered, single-sided disc and 8.5 GB for a dual-layered, single-sided disc. The DVD specification ended up similar to Toshiba and Matsushita's Super Density Disc, except for the dual-layer option and EFMPlus modulation designed by Kees Schouhamer Immink.
Philips and Sony decided that it was in their best interests to end the format war, agreed to unify with companies backing the Super Density Disc to release a single format, with technologies from both. After other compromises between MMCD and SD, the computer companies through TWG won the day, a single format was agreed upon; the TWG collaborated with the Optical Storage Technology Association on the use of their implementation of the ISO-13346 file system for use on the new DVDs. Movie and home entertainment distributors adopted the DVD format to replace the ubiquitous VHS tape as the primary consumer digital video distribution format, they embraced DVD as it produced higher quality video and sound, provided superior data lifespan, could be interactive. Interactivity on LaserDiscs had proven desirable to consumers collectors; when LaserDisc prices dropped from $100 per
Catherine of Russia (film)
Catherine of Russia (Italian: Caterina di Russia is a 1963 biographical drama film directed by Umberto Lenzi, starring Hildegard Knef. Hildegard Knef as Catherine the Great Sergio Fantoni as Orlov Giacomo Rossi Stuart as Count Poniatowski Raoul Grassilli as Czar Peter III Angela Cavo as Anna Ennio Balbo as Count Panin Enzo Fiermonte as General Munic Tina Lattanzi as Czarina Elizabeth Tullio Altamura as Latouche Catherine of Russia was released in Italy on 12 January 1963. Catherine of Russia on IMDb