Greetings Earthlings… We have decided to round up a few of the amazing original posters from just some of the films of Legendary film maker Mario Bava. His work has proved to be very influential over the years and is considered a master celluloid illusionist as well as creating some of the most gothic and haunting films in Italian cinema history. Bava was a former artist/painter before moving into film making under the wings of his cinematographer father Eugenio Bava, and managed to learn the art of movie making from studying his father at an early age. He started his film making career as a special-effects technician before serving as assistant director and cinematographer to his father which instilled a strong sense of composition and understanding of optical effects to his work. Bava finally got his break as director for the gothic/horror film Lust of the Vampire (I, Vampiri) in 1957 after he overtook directing duties following the departure of original director Riccardo Freda. He was 42 years old when he started directing feature length films. Over the many years he spent as a cinematographer Bava developed a reputation as a special-effects genius and for his ability to use optical trickery to great success. His first major film was Black Sunday (1960) and is considered a masterpiece in gothic horror cinema history for it’s atmospheric and ominous black and white photography and grandiose looking set designs. Bava went on to create many more stunning films over the years, most notable his genre defining classics The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) which he perfected for Blood and Black Lace (1964) and Bay Of Blood (1971). His last film was Beyond the door 2 (aka Shock) made in 1977.
Mario Bava’s influence has been immense on other directors throughout the decades including Federico Fellini, Dario Argento, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino to name but a few that have learnt much of their skill from one of the truly Great film makers of cinema. We hope you appreciate some of this stunning artwork we have presented and apologize for having left out some other truly fantastic posters from his collection but the man was so immense and influential that we just simply couldn’t cover everything in his repertoire all at once.
But we will be doing plenty more articles and other great stuff on the Legend that is Mario Bava again in the future, so stay tuned if you like that sort of thing?.