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La maschera del demonio
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Black Sunday (1960) More at IMDbPro »La maschera del demonio (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 February 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
STARE INTO THESE EYES... discover deep within them the unspeakable terrifying secret of BLACK SUNDAY... it will paralyze you with fright! See more »
Plot:
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Barbara Steele ... Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda (as Barbara Steel)

John Richardson ... Dr. Andre Gorobec
Andrea Checchi ... Dr. Thomas Kruvajan
Ivo Garrani ... Prince Vajda
Arturo Dominici ... Igor Javutich / Javuto
Enrico Olivieri ... Prince Constantine Vajda
Antonio Pierfederici ... Priest
Tino Bianchi ... Ivan
Clara Bindi ... Inn Keeper
Mario Passante ... Nikita, the Coachman
Renato Terra ... Boris
Germana Dominici ... Sonya, the Innkeeper's Daughter
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George Gonneau ... English language narration (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
Mario Serandrei (screenplay)

Nikolai Gogol (short story) (as Nikolaj Gogol)

Mario Bava  uncredited
Marcello Coscia  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (U.S. version)
Massimo De Rita .... producer
Lou Rusoff .... producer (US version)
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (US version)
Roberto Nicolosi 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Giorgio Giovannini 
 
Set Decoration by
Nedo Azzini 
 
Costume Design by
Tina Grani  (as Tina Loriedo Grani)
 
Production Management
Paolo Mercuri .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vana Caruso .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Robert Sherwood .... sound: US version
 
Special Effects by
Eugenio Bava .... sculptor: masks and faces (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Al Simms .... music coordinator (US version)
Luigi Urbini .... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)
 
Other crew
Armando Govoni .... production secretary
George Higgins .... dialogue director: US version (as George Higgins III)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Clara Bindi
Lee Kresel .... dubbing director (US version)
Bona Magrini .... script supervisor
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La maschera del demonio" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1963) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (1963) (re-rating) | France:U | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (DVD) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (1986) | UK:(Banned) (1961) | USA:Unrated
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Both Barbara Steele and Arturo Dominici were fitted with vampire fangs. Mario Bava decided against using them in the film. They can be seen in some of the publicity photos.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the opening credits, Barbara Steele's name is misspelled as Barbara Steel.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan:You have no reason to fear the dead. They sleep very soundly.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)See more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Gothic brilliance, 18 March 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

The screenplay is hackneyed ,the story has been told told and told again...

And however,Bava's film is a sparkling diamond.How come?The direction of course,the cinematography absolutely incredibly breath-taking,and Barbara Steele ,the par excellence Gothic heroine:her fans will rejoice for she plays two parts here! Bava has no match when it comes to use the light the settings and the soundtrack.It's a black and white work and had it been filmed in color it would not have been better.From the gloomy family vaults to the forest where danger awaits on the young peasant girl to the doomed castle where a family tries to fight against a mysterious curse.

The carriage which takes the doctor to the mansion and its coachman reminds me of Murnau's "Nosferatu" .No less.

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