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All 24 Mario Bava Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Fabio Mauro Angeli

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Mario Bava was, to put it simply, a genius. Not only did Bava direct the first ever Italian gothic horror movie, but he also contributed in the practice of founding the prolific subgenres of Italian Giallo films and slasher movies, becoming an inspiration for generations of filmmakers to come. Among these artists, Quentin Tarantino himself reprised many of Bava’s intuitions from Cani Arrabbiati (“Rabid Dogs”, 1974) for his debut film, “Reservoir Dogs”.

Son of the sculptor and special effects photographer Eugenio, Mario Bava started his career in the movie industry as a cinematographer, working under his father’s guidance. He went on to shoot and photograph two short movies by Roberto Rossellini, and soon found himself working for directors as famous and influential as Mario Monicelli and Luigi Comencini, capturing performances from the greatest Italian and international actors in the process.

It was only years later that he was finally able to put his directing skills to the test in his first low-budget short films; but what really changed Bava’s art and life were the amazing special effects that he designed for director Riccardo Freda’s works. “I Vampiri” (The Vampire, 1957), widely regarded as Italy’s first horror movie ever, featured the beautiful Gianna Maria Canale turning into an old terrifying woman without any cuts, an ingenious effect that Bava was able to pull off simply applying to the actress red grease pencil make-up, invisible when lit by red lights that could not be seen on black and white film stock, and just turning that light off to create the illusion of her suddenly aging.

Finally, in 1960, these strokes of genius (and the constant help Bava brought to the industry finishing off many films whenever and for whatever reason a change of director needed to happen) convinced producer Massimo De Rita to finance Mario’s → continue…

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The 10 Best Female Movie Performances of All Time

By Vitor Guima

This article is here to explore and talk about some of the best female performances in the history of film.

As always, many things interfere in the choice of the performances in an article like this one. But as usual, the main ones are memory and personal preferences. If you think any other female performance should be on this list, please leave it in the comments section below.

So here are the 10 best female performances of all time.

10. Ingrid Bergman in “Casablanca” (1942)

In one of the most iconic films of all time, Ingrid Bergman delivers one of the best performances in cinema history.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, “Casablanca” follows the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a man who runs a nightclub in Morocco during World War II, and his cafe is a place where refugees try to obtain letters that will help them escape to the United States. One day, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), Rick’s former lover, and her husband appear at his club, and he will have a very difficult decision to make.

Ilsa Lund is just one of the many iconic roles Bergman played in her life. But still, this is probably the most iconic of all. From every line, as simple as they might appear to be, Bergman is able to make them as meaningful as possible and to make them as beautiful as they are hurtful at some moments.

That makes her performance as Ilsa Lund definitely one of the best of all time.

Other notable performances by the actress:

– Notorious (1946); directed by Alfred Hitchcock
– Europe ’51 (1952); directed by Roberto Rossellini

9. Bette Davis in “All About Eve” (1950)

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This film, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema