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Mario Bava

Director Mario Bava
Director, writer, cinematographer
Genre:Horror, others
Best known for:

Black Sunday

Black Sabbath

Blood and Black Lace

Related artists:Literally, Eugenio Bava and Lamberto Bava

Mario Bava is the son of Eugenio Bava, an industry pioneer who began his career in 1906. Mario Bava learned the craft from his father, then worked as a cinematographer for directors including Roberto Rossellini and G.W. Pabst. He was given his first directorial job as a reward for having stepped forward to complete several troubled productions. Bava has been named as an influence by Federico Fellini, Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Pedro Almodovar, among countless others.

Bava's first credited directorial work is the classic La maschera del demonio, known to us as Black Sunday. Twitch of the Death Nerve is often mentioned as the earliest appearance of the slasher film formula, and The Girl Who Knew too Much is regarded as the progenitor of the Giallo genre. Bava ended his career the way he began: as an uncredited assistant on Dario Argento's Inferno, where he took over the direction during Argento's absences.


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