Mario Bava

1914 - 1980

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Mario Bava (31 July 1914 – 25 April 1980) was an Italian filmmaker who worked variously as a director, cinematographer, special effects artist and screenwriter, frequently referred to as the "Master of Italian Horror" and the "Master of the Macabre". His low-budget genre films, known for their distinctive visual flair and stylish technical ingenuity, feature recurring themes and imagery concerning the conflict between illusion and reality, as well as the destructive capacity of human nature.After providing special effects work and other assistance on productions like Hercules (1958) and Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (1959), Bava made his official feature directorial debut with the horror film Black Sunday, released in 1960. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mario Bava has received more than 447,011 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Mario Bava is the 217th most popular film director (down from 212th in 2019), the 1,314th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,289th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Italian Film Director.

Mario Bava is most famous for his work on gothic horror films such as Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, and The Mask of Satan.

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Among film directors, Mario Bava ranks 217 out of 1,580Before him are John Schlesinger, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Lucio Fulci, Stephen Frears, Alan J. Pakula, and Barry Levinson. After him are Henry Hathaway, Raoul Walsh, Terence Young, Steven Soderbergh, David Hamilton, and Edwin S. Porter.

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Among people born in 1914, Mario Bava ranks 46Before him are Edward T. Hall, Vjekoslav Luburić, Raymond Davis Jr., William Westmoreland, Alan Hodgkin, and Rafael Kubelík. After him are Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover, George Dantzig, Norman Borlaug, Jan Karski, María Félix, and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Among people deceased in 1980, Mario Bava ranks 53Before him are Ian Curtis, Stanisława Walasiewicz, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, Walter Dornberger, Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse, and Robert Whittaker. After him are Raoul Walsh, Fabian von Schlabrendorff, Winifred Wagner, Kazimierz Kuratowski, Hugh Griffith, and Mohammad Hatta.

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Among people born in Italy, Mario Bava ranks 1,314 out of 4,088Before him are Andreas Hofer (1767), Gianni Morandi (1944), Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz (1936), Marcus Tullius Tiro (-103), Giovanni Giolitti (1842), and Giambattista Pittoni (1687). After him are Andrea Cesalpino (1519), Walter Bonatti (1930), Giovanni Papini (1881), Blessed Gerard (1047), Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (340), and Indro Montanelli (1909).


Among film directors born in Italy, Mario Bava ranks 21Before him are Sergio Corbucci (1926), Marco Ferreri (1928), Francesco Rosi (1922), Lina Wertmüller (1928), Dino Risi (1916), and Lucio Fulci (1927). After him are Mario Monicelli (1915), Liliana Cavani (1933), Damiano Damiani (1922), Joe D'Amato (1936), Gillo Pontecorvo (1919), and Marco Bellocchio (1939).