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Mario Bava (31 July 1914 – 27 April 1980) was an Italian cinematographer, screenwriter and director known primarily for his horror films, although he also directed movies in other genres (including crime thrillers, sci-fi and even westerns). Bava basically invented the giallo subgenre of Italian film with his Blood And Black Lace in 1964. He directed the pre-Halloween, proto-slasher Bay of Blood and even influenced the look of 1979's Alien with his spooky sci-fi/horror Planet of the Vampires.

Although best known as a director, Bava got his start as a cinematographer and special effects man (a role he would also fulfill on his own movies when money was tight - which was often). He had no ego, and would work on friends' projects as cinematographer or effects man or do the lighting, often for no credit. He was hugely influential in the realm of lighting and mood, and later Italian genre directors owe him a great debt indeed.

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Films Bava Worked On As Director:


Films Bava Worked On As Cinematographer, Special Effects Director or Co-Director

  • Ulysses (1954) - Starring Kirk Douglas. Directed and did the lighting for the Circe scenes uncredited.
  • Hercules (1957) and Hercules Unchained (1959) - The Steve Reeves Hercules movies. Did cinematography and special effects.
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  • Esther and the King (1960) - directed the Italian version.
  • The Wonders Of Aladdin (1961) - co-directed.

...and many more. For a complete list, see The Other Wiki.
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