Luigi Batzella (San Sperate, 1924 – San Sperate, 2008) was an Italian film director, editor, screenwriter and actor. There is some debate as to whether Batzella's name was actually Paolo Solvay, however this remains unconfirmed.
Luigi Batzella was born in San Sperate, Sardinia in 1924. After what film historian and critic Roberto Curti described as "a nondescript career as an actor," Batzella began his career as a director in 1966 with the war film Tre franchi die pietà. After directing a few low budget westerns, Batzella directed his first horror film The Devil's Wedding Night which was directed with an uncredited Joe D'Amato. Following the release of his next horror film Nude for Satan in 1978, Batzella directed two Nazisploitation films Kaput Lager – Gli ultimi giorni delle SS and La Bestia in calore for which he was credited as Ivan Kathansky. His next feature would be the sex comedy Probito erotico starring Ajita Wilson where he is credited as Paul Selvin. His final official film credit was for the film Strategia per una missione di morte where he is credited as Kathansky in some prints and as A.M. Frank in the French version. Curti has stated that some sources claim Batzella was involved with the Bruce Le production Mie ju que que. Batzella died in San Sperate in 2008 at the age of 84.
Movies & TV shows
Achtung! The Desert Tigers
During World War II, an American major is captured by the Germans and thrown into a POW camp run by a sadistic Nazi officer, whose main pleasures are whipping the local female population and torturing...
The Beast in Heat
In a remote village in occupied Europe, the SS pursue their inhuman treatment of captured partisans in efforts to force them to betray their comrades.... while Fraulein Krast, a sadistic biologist, co...
A Virgin for St. Tropez
Annie, a beautiful young woman, lives in Saint-Tropez, France. On a trip to the seaside resort, the American writer Mark Redley meets the girl and is enchanted by her. He writes books on female behavi...
The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance
A theatre troupe is invited to the home of a rich count on an isolated island. People start getting murdered soon. The family curse may have struck again.
The House of the Lost Dolls
A luxurious house stands in a deserted region, contrasting with its surroundings. It is a house of prostitution and its inmates are brought there against their will. One of them, Yvette, is helped to ...
A spoiled rich girl hatches a plot with her hippie friends to "kidnap" her so they can get a large ransom from her wealthy father.
Nude for Satan
Italian Gothic horror that tells the tale of a man who stops at a remote castle hoping to get medical help for an injured woman, only to find the inhabitants mirror the darker sides of the woman and h...
The Devil's Wedding Night
The 1800s: scholarly Karl Schiller believes he's found the ring of the Nibelungen, which holds great power. It's at Castle Dracula. His twin, Franz, a gambler, asks if vampires frighten Karl; Karl sho...
Paid in Blood
Luigi Batzella directed this spaghetti western under the pseudonym "Paolo Solvay." Gioffredo Scarciofolo stars (using his standard alias, "Jeff Cameron") as Tom Carter, whose brother was murdered and ...
Django's Cut Price Corpses
The Cortez brothers rob a bank and flee beyond the Mexican border. On their trail are various people, each for a different reason: Sheriff Fulton is sent by the robbed bank to recuperate the money; Dj...
Killer Without a Face
A woman is chased onto the ramparts of a castle by a gun-toting figure. She stumbles and falls to her death. Barbara, the mentally unbalanced owner of the castle, is the main suspect. However, ther...
Night of Violence
Carla Pratesi, a prostitute, is killed. Her death is followed by a number of attempted murders. Carla's sister undertakes her own investigation. Police enquiries uncover a drugs trade connected to ...
The Hawk of the Caribbean
In the mid-1500s, a ship containing Spanish prisoners being sent to a Spanish penal colony in the Caribbean sinks at sea, but some of the prisoners manage to survive and make it to shore at a nearby i...
Marco Trevisan returns to his hometown hoping to be greeted with a welcome party but is instead attacked and captured by Turkish pirates led by the brutal Rabanek.
The Pirates of the Mississippi
European produced Western based on the novel by Friedrich Gerstäcker, set in the 19th century in a town on the banks of the Mississippi River. The area is plagued by a gang of pirates under the leader...
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