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Mario Bava (1914–1980)


Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film photography his artistic background led him to a ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 65) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Known For

A Bay of Blood
A Bay of Blood Cinematographer
(1971)
Black Sunday
Black Sunday Cinematographer
(1960)
Evil Eye
Evil Eye Cinematographer
(1963)
Hercules in the Haunted World
(1961)

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 1977 Beyond the Door II (uncredited)
 1974 Rabid Dogs (uncredited)
 1972 Baron Blood (uncredited)
 1971 Four Times that Night (uncredited)
 1970 Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (uncredited)
 1968 Danger: Diabolik (uncredited)
 1966 Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (uncredited)
 1966 Kill Baby, Kill (uncredited)
 1966 Knives of the Avenger (uncredited)
 1965 Planet of the Vampires (uncredited)
 1964 The Road to Fort Alamo (uncredited)
 1964 Blood and Black Lace (uncredited)
 1963 The Whip and the Body (uncredited)
 1963 Black Sabbath (uncredited)
 1963 Evil Eye (director of photography)
 1960 Esther and the King (director of photography)
 1960 Black Sunday
 1959 The Giant of Marathon (director of photography)
 1959 Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (as John Foam)
 1958 La morte viene dallo spazio (as Mario Baja)
 1958 Le fatiche di Ercole (lighting)
 1955 Graziella
 1954 Cose da pazzi
 1954 High School
 1953 Perdonami!
 1951 Goya (Documentary short)
 1950 Vita da cani
 1950 Miss Italia
 1950 L'ospedale del delitto (Short documentary)
 1949 Variazioni sinfoniche (Documentary short)
 1947 Anfiteatro Flavio (Documentary short)
 1947 Legenda Sinfonica (Documentary short)
 1947 Santa notte (Documentary short)
 1946 L'orecchio (Documentary)
 1939 Il tacchino prepotente (Short)
 1939 La vispa Teresa (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

1970: TV commercial for Mobil Oil for the Italian show Carosello.

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mario Baja | John Foam | Marie Foam | John Hold | Mickey Lion | John M. Old | John Old
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

In a horror film, lighting is 70% of the effectiveness. It's essential in creation the atmosphere. See more »

Trivia:

Dino De Laurentiis originally approached Bava to handle the special effects of King Kong (1976). Bava did not want to leave Italy so he turned down the offer. He recommended Carlo Rambaldi. See more »

Trademark:

Frequent uses of a zoom frame onto or back from a character's face during suspense scenes. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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