Mario Bava (1914–1980)


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Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of Sanremo. 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 strong... See full bio »

Died:

(age 65) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Known For

A Bay of Blood Cinematographer
(1971)
Lisa and the Devil Cinematographer
(1974)
Erik the Conqueror Cinematographer
(1961)
Planet of the Vampires Cinematographer
(1965)

Filmography

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 1977 Shock (uncredited)
 1975 The House of Exorcism (uncredited)
 1974 Rabid Dogs (director of photography)
 1974 Lisa and the Devil (uncredited)
 1972 Baron Blood (uncredited)
 1971 A Bay of Blood (director of photography)
 1971 Four Times That Night (uncredited)
 1970 Roy Colt & Winchester Jack (uncredited)
 1970 Hatchet for the Honeymoon (director of photography)
 1970 Five Dolls for an August Moon (uncredited)
 1968 Two Guns and a Coward (uncredited)
 1968 Danger: Diabolik (uncredited)
 1966 Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (uncredited)
 1966 Kill, Baby... Kill! (uncredited)
 1966 Knives of the Avenger (uncredited)
 1966 Savage Gringo (uncredited)
 1965 Planet of the Vampires (uncredited)
 1964 Minnesota Clay (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 The Evil Eye (director of photography)
 1961 Erik the Conqueror (director of photography)
 1961 Hercules in the Haunted World (director of photography)
 1960 Esther and the King (director of photography)
 1960 Morgan the Pirate (uncredited)
 1960 Black Sunday (photography)
 1959 The Giant of Marathon (director of photography)
 1959 Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (director of photography)
 1959 Hercules Unchained (lighting director)
 1958 The Day the Sky Exploded (director of photography - as Mario Baja)
 1958 Hercules (lighting)
 1957 Lust of the Vampire (director of photography)
 1955 Graziella
 1954 Cose da pazzi
 1954 High School
 1953 Perdonami!
 1952 Sunday Heroes
 1950 L'ospedale del delitto (Short documentary)
 1950 Goya (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1950 A Dog's Life
 1950 Miss Italia
 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 Lively Teresa (Short)
 1939 The Bullying Turkey (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 | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mario Baja | Marie Foam | John Hold | Mickey Lion | Mario | John M. Old | John Old | Rijk Sijöstrom

Spouse:

Iole Sergio  (his death)  (2 children)

Children:

Eugenio Bava
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

My fantasies are always horrible. For example, I love my young granddaughter more than anything else in the world, but when I dream of her, it's always frightening. Do you want to know what character is haunting my subconscious? A violinist who serenades the woman he loves by playing on the tendons of his arms. Everyday life works on my imagination. Just this morning I found a letter, still ... See more »

Trivia:

He trained as a painter and was able to execute a number of matte and glass paintings for his films. See more »

Trademark:

Scenes on an airplane as a means of establishing or ending a story in his films. Examples: The Evil Eye (1963), Baron Blood (1972), Lisa and the Devil (1974) and Shock (1977). See more »

Nickname:

Rijk Sijöstrom

Star Sign:

Leo

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