Renato Polselli

Renato Polselli (1922-2006) was an Italian film director and writer. Born in Arce, Lazio on 26 February 1922, Polselli began directing films in Italy in the early 1950s.[1] He is best known for directing and writing the film The Vampire and the Ballerina.[1] Polselli's film work since the 1970s was sporadic, and included work on horror film productions that remained unfinished.[2] His later film works were often pornography made with his frequent collaborator Bruno Vanni.[2] Polselli died in Italy on 1 October 2006.[1]

Renato Polselli
Born(1922-02-26)February 26, 1922
DiedOctober 1, 2006(2006-10-01) (aged 84)
Other namesRalph Browne[1]
OccupationScreenwriter, film director


In his book on Italian horror film directors, Louis Paul described Polselli as being "a bit of a mystery" due to the rarity of films surrounding his work and that his work in horror films were "some of the most original, hallucinatory and sleazy, low-budget productions in the genre".[3] Paul described his early efforts such as The Vampire and the Ballerina and The Vampire of the Opera as following the trends of Italian horror films of that era, with overtly sexual themes and being influenced by Hammer Horror films of the era.[3]

Select filmographyEdit

Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Screenplay Story Other
The Vampire and the Ballerina 1960 Yes Yes Yes [4]
The Vampire of the Opera 1964 Yes Yes Yes [5]
Django Kills Softly 1967 Yes Yes [6][7]
Black Magic Rites 1973 Yes Yes Yes Yes Producer, film editor [8]
Mania 1974 Yes Yes Yes Producer [9]



  1. ^ a b c d Lentz III 2007, p. 294.
  2. ^ a b Paul 2005, p. 306.
  3. ^ a b Paul 2005, p. 304.
  4. ^ Curti 2015, p. 60.
  5. ^ Curti 2015, p. 135.
  6. ^ Grant 2011, p. 445.
  7. ^ "Bill il taciturno (1967)". (in Italian). Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  8. ^ Curti 2017, p. 102.
  9. ^ Curti 2017, p. 121.


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