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Bava, Mario 1914-1980

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Most widely held works by Mario Bava
The mask of Satan by Mario Bava( Visual )

69 editions published between 1960 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in movie history, Mario Bava bridged the gap between the gothic horror picture and the European art film with Black Sunday (aka La maschera del demonio or The Mask of Satan). Made in 1960 and now considered a cult classic, it continues to reverberate through the cinema, inspiring and influencing new generations of filmmakers. In an absolutely mesmerizing performance, Black Sunday stars Barbara Steele as Asa Vajda, a beautiful woman tortured and executed as a witch, but not before pronouncing a curse upon those who have condemned her, a curse that is fulfilled some 200 years later. This newly mastered HD edition is the original Italian cut of the film, complete with Roberto Nicolosi's expressive score and three minutes of footage deleted from the U.S. release version
A bay of blood by Mario Bava( Visual )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a rich countess is murdered, it's a race to see who'll inherit her estate and you can bet that the body count is going to rise rapidly in the process as the plot twists spins wildly out of control. The pile of bloodied corpses is going to get higher and higher as one by one the mangled victims are hung, speared, stabbed and macheted. One by one, the horrific murders turn the screen crimson with blood
Baron blood( Visual )

18 editions published between 1972 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After spending several years exploring more contemporary genres, director Mario Bava (Black Sunday) returned with Baron blood to the gothic as a setting for a gruesome thriller. Working with producer Alfredo Leone, Bava crafted a film that is loyal to the bylaws of traditional horror, but is infused with a more modern visual style. An American professor (Antonio Cantafora) travels to the estate of his ancestor, the sadistic Baron Otto von Kleist, seeking the truth beneath his notorious reputation. When he and his assistant Eva (Elke Sommer) read aloud an ancient incantation, the Baron's spirit is resurrected, leading to a series of violent deaths within the haunted castle
Five dolls for an August moon( Visual )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five dolls for an August moon is Mario Bava's deliriously mod spin on an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. Bava was so closely associated with the horror genre that this twisting mystery was never released theatrically in the U.S., but it is deliciously entertaining all the same. A space age island retreat is visited by a group of friends and business associates, one of whom is a scientist who has invented a revolutionary chemical process, and is fending off various offers to buy it. Soon the vacationers start dying, and the survivors begin to wonder who has the most to gain from these murders most foul. Anything but a drawing room mystery, Bava's erotic thriller is enlivened by its psychedelic set design, a hip score by Piero Umiliani, and a swinging performance by giallo goddess Edwige Fenech (All the colors of the dark)
The whip and the body( Visual )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nevenka's ex-lover, who is her husband's brother, Kurt, has come back to claim her and he does so by engaging in a forbidden rendezvous. The next day Kurt is found dead, but his ghost comes back to haunt all those who live in the mansion, and to continue his love affair with Nevenka"--Container
Kill baby... kill!( Visual )

35 editions published between 1966 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A doctor, investigating a young woman's apparent suicide in a Balkan village, discovers the locals believe the ghost of a baron's daughter is responsible
Lisa and the devil( Visual )

9 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds shelter in an old mansion. Soon, she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre
The house of exorcism( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After some distributors found Lisa and the devil too mystifying for release, producer Alfredo Leone (with Bava's uncredited assistance) hired veteran actor Robert Alda, shot additional scenes, and transformed Lisa into The house of exorcism, capitalizing on the popularity of demon possession films. While sharing much of the same material, the films have come to be looked upon as two distinct entities, beautifully illuminating the stylistic diversity of the Bava/Leone partnership
I tre volti della paura = Black Sabbath by Mario Bava( Visual )

24 editions published between 1963 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story that goes beyond the boundaries of the Supernatural to the half-world of the living dead. Where a woman's soul inhabits the body of a fly, where Vengeance is only a voice and where vampires suck only the blood of those they love dearest. Not Since 'FRANKENSTEIN' Have You Seen Such Horror!
Sei donne per l'assassino = Blood and black lace by Mario Bava( Visual )

27 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beautiful bodies of the models at Contessa Christina's fashion salon are usually covered with elegant, exclusive designs. Isabella's body is covered with blood. As inspector Silvester tries to uncloak the killer, he finds the design of the murder to be complex and stitched with mystery
Planet of the vampires( Visual )

9 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science-fantasy of a spaceship looking for missing comrades on a mystery planet where a strange power controls their minds
Danger, Diabolik by John Phillip Law( Visual )

24 editions published between 1968 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this tongue-in-cheek take-off of the European Diabolik comics, a psychedelic-era thief pulls off a heist of a 20 ton gold ingot
La ragazza che sapeva troppo = The girl who knew too much by Mario Bava( Visual )

15 editions published between 1963 and 2009 in Italian and English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this Hitchcockian thriller, an American tourist in Rome witnesses a serial killer's latest slaying and convinces a charming young doctor to help her investigate the city's "Alphabet Murders."
Hatchet for the Honeymoon( Visual )

15 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Harrington and his wife Mildred run an exclusive salon devoted to wedding apparel for women. Although he seems a harmless fashion designer, John is actually a serial killer doing in his young customers on their wedding nights. With each murder, John is able to see a bit more of the long-repressed memory of his mother's death. When he murders his wife, she returns to haunt him
The giant of Marathon by Jacques Tourneur( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steve Reeves stars as Philippides, a brave Marathoner, who uses his muscles to save Greece from the invading Persians
I coltelli del vendicatore = Knives of the avenger by Mario Bava( Visual )

16 editions published between 1966 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Viking drifter is torn between guilt, vengeance and his love for a peasant woman and her young son
Kidnapped( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in Italian and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a botched payroll heist, a trio of vicious criminals take hostages in a desperate getaway that explodes with cruelty, degradation, and shocking violence
Roy Colt & Winchester Jack( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in Italian and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure map that will lead them to buried gold while one of them is in league with a sadistic priest-turned-crime lord, while a young Native American girl helps both outlaws and plays both sides against each other"--C.f. IMDB (viewed May 2, 2004)
I tre volti della paura( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Italian and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic triptych of terror which has set new standards in graphic violence and spellbinding horror. Includes The Telephone, The Wurdalak, and The Drop of Water. Featuring Bava's original uncut International Version and the original score
I tre volti della paura( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in Italian and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three stories: A beautiful woman is terrorized by a call from an ex-lover who has escaped from prison for the pleasure of killing her. A family becomes a feeding ground when their father returns home wounded after ridding the countryside of a hideous vampire. A nurse steals a cursed ring from a corpse that she is preparing. Join Boris Karloff as he hosts and stars in this trilogy of tales
 
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Foam, John 1914-1980

Foam, Marie 1914-1980

Hold, John 1914-1980

Hold, John M. 1914-1980

Lion, Mickey 1914-1980

Mario Bava

Mario Bava cinéaste italien

Mario Bava director de cine italiano

Mario Bava ein italienischer Filmregisseur, Kameramann und Drehbuchautor

Mario Bava Italiaans filmregisseur

Mario Bava Italian director, screenwriter, special effects artist and cinematographer

Mario Bava olasz rendező, forgatókönyvíró, operatőr

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Old, John 1914-1980

Old, John M. 1914-1980

Μάριο Μπάβα

Марио Бава

Маріо Бава Італійський кінооператор, кінорежисер, сценарист

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מריו באווה סופר איטלקי

ماریو باوا

マリオ・バーヴァ

马里奥·巴瓦

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