Join us for a 5-night retrospective of Italian horror and suspense master Mario Bava, with new DCPs of such classics as BLACK SUNDAY and horror anthology BLACK SABBATH and seldom-screened favorites including HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON.
Presented by Cinematic Void
A child’s frozen hand appears at the window … An unconscious woman is violated next to a rotting skeleton… A sadist returns from the grave to torture his doomed lover… To enter the world of Italian horror and suspense master Mario Bava is to step silently through a mausoleum filled with beautiful corpses. Bava is often praised as one of the cinema’s great stylists – and his talent for exquisite cinematography and production design allowed him to commit some of the most atrocious acts of violence ever filmed.
But beyond his stylistic gifts, Bava (who died in 1980) achieved a chilling poetry all his own, a lyricism that links him to Cocteau, Buñuel and the other great poets of the surreal and bizarre. Born in San Remo, Italy, in 1914, Bava “grew up in the midst of film, among picture frames, miniature models, and heaps of hyposulphite”; his father, Eugenio, was cinematographer on the silent classic QUO VADIS and a master of special effects. By the early 1940s, the younger Bava was photographing films for Pabst and Rossellini. Bava was nearly 50 years old before he directed his first full feature, BLACK SUNDAY, a worldwide success that quickly established him as the premier horror director of the 1960s.
Since the Cinematheque’s first Bava retrospective in 1993, the director has undergone a remarkable rediscovery by a new generation of film lovers. In recognition of this, Kino Lorber has recently created new DCPs of many Bava classics, including KILL, BABY...KILL!, A BAY OF BLOOD, FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON and horror anthology BLACK SABBATH. In addition to these, we’ll present such seldom-screened favorites as THE WHIP AND THE BODY, EVIL EYE and HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON.
Program compiled by Grant Moninger and James Branscome.
Star Barbara Steele will join us for BLACK SUNDAY (schedule permitting).
Series info: bit.ly/2v48vkQ