Mario Bava

Director, Director of photography, Assistant cameraman
Began his career by shooting two early short films for Roberto Rossellini, graduating to feature director in 1960. Bava specialized in mindless movies with lots of sweat, low-budget action and garish color. His playful ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1914 in Italy

Filmography

Director (12)

Gli Orrori del Castello di Norimberga 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Antefatto 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Quante Volte... Quella Notte 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Hatchet For the Honeymoon 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Diabolik 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Planet of the Vampires 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Blood and Black Lace 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

I Tre volti della paura 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Sunday 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Erik the Conqueror 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Hercules in the Haunted World 1959 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (9)

Antefatto 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hatchet For the Honeymoon 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Diabolik 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Planet of the Vampires 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blood and Black Lace 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Tre volti della paura 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Sunday 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Erik the Conqueror 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hercules in the Haunted World 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (8)

Antefatto 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Black Sunday 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Erik the Conqueror 1960 (Movie)

(Photography)

Esther and the King 1959 (Movie)

(Photography)

Hercules in the Haunted World 1959 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hercules 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cose da pazzi 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Donna piu bella del mondo 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Moses -- the Lawgiver 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Special Effects
Art Department (1)

Black Sunday 1961 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)
Actor (1)

Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs 1966 (Movie)

Cameo--Angel (Actor)

Biography

Began his career by shooting two early short films for Roberto Rossellini, graduating to feature director in 1960. Bava specialized in mindless movies with lots of sweat, low-budget action and garish color. His playful understanding of the cliches he dealt with has earned cult status for many of his genre pieces. Bava's son Lamberto (aka John Old, Jr.) is also a director.

Relationships

Eugenio Bava

Father

Lamberto Bava

Son
born on April 3, 1944

Milestones

1960

Feature directing debut (also co-writer; director of photography), "La maschera del demonio/Black Sunday"

1946

Short film directing debut (also director of photography), "L'orecchio"

1942

First feature as director of photography, "L'avventura di Annabella"

1939

First short film as director of photography, Roberto Rossellini's "Il tacchino prepotente"

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