Mario Bava

Mario Bava (31 July 1914 – 25 April 1980) was an Italian director, screenwriter, special effects artist, and cinematographer remembered as one of the greatest names from the "golden age" of Italian horror films. Mario Bava was born in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy. The son of Eugenio Bava, a sculptor who became a pioneer of special effects photography and subsequently one of the great cameramen of Italian silent pictures, Mario Bava's first ambition was to become a painter. Unable to turn out paintings at a profitable rate, he went into his father's business, working as an assistant to other Italian cinematographers like Massimo Terzano, while also offering assistance to his father who headed the special effects department at Benito Mussolini's film factory, the Istituto LUCE. Bava became a cinematographer in his own right in 1939, shooting two short films with Roberto Rossellini. He made his feature debut in the early 1940s. Bava's camerawork was an instrumental factor in developing the screen personas of such stars of the period as Gina Lollobrigida, Steve Reeves and Aldo Fabrizi.

Filmography

Recent Reviews

Blood and Black Lace

If you like the italian gialo films, you can't go wrong here. Also fans of Argento should take note. Great stuff !


Black Sabbath

This is a collection of three short stories - The Telephone, Wurdulak, and A drop of water. All three are fun little shorts, and definitely worth your time. Fun stuff.


Black Sabbath

The reviews this film received were all four star, and I would think at the time of it's release, it might have rocked some people out of their seat. However,...


Lisa and the Devil

More concerned with setting a surreal and nightmarish mood and style than with telling a linear story. Even after the resolution, a lot doesn’t make sense, but it’s one masterful,...


Blood and Black Lace

Fifty years after its initial release, "Blood and Black Lace" still strikes the senses like a paper cut to the cerebral cortex. Later thrillers have gone further but Mario Bava's...