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

Lisa and the Devil

What a waste of film stock!


The Whip and the Flesh

Darkly luscious Technicolor photography and a little whip-cracking S&M fun are the highlights of this Italo-Goth horror job from Mario Bava in his salad days. Settle in for a slow...


Five Dolls for an August Moon

Excellent early 70s Giallo. Worth a look for the fashion alone. Bava uses color well, yet keeps it a bit more toned down in this more realistic looking film. We...


Black Sunday

A great film that delightfully scared a young teen. Amazingly, I first saw this movie on television when I was growing up. A Buffalo station, WKBW, ran a Friday night...


Black Sunday

Evil should be a little cooler...