Mario Bava Retrospective: Pioneer of Italian Horror
Thanks to the cult success of such films as Deep Red and Suspiria, director Dario Argento is often credited as the supreme stylist of Italian horror. Genre aficionados, however, will recognize that even Argento's twisted visions remain deeply indebted to the enormously influential work of Mario Bava. Though Bava made his official debut with the atmospherically stunning Black Sunday (1960), he had already worked for years as an uncredited director behind troubled productions, salvaging films when the original directors dropped out. Such experience, combined with nearly two decades as a cinematographer, resulted in Bava's signature talent for crafting lushly orchestrated nightmares. A four-film series at Trylon Microcinema, Mario Bava: Pioneer of Italian Horror, puts the director's frightful artistry back on the screen, beginning with the spellbinding gothic classic Black Sunday, the supernatural masterwork that immortalized the witchy allure of Barbara Steele. Other features in the month-long retrospective include the unadulterated Italian cut of Lisa and the Devil (1973), an inescapable fever dream of cabalistic paranoia (featuring a menacing Telly Savalas); Black Sabbath (1963), an anthology of thoroughly unsettling tales; and Baron Blood (1972), in which a particularly vile sadist is resurrected to seek his ghastly revenge. Whether shot in shadowy black-and-white or sinisterly saturated colors, each film in this series offers enough fears to keep audiences up late into the night. (Pictured: Black Sunday)
Mondays, Tuesdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 29, 2013
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