This chapter introduces Mario Bava, who was born on 29 July 1914 in Sanremo, Liguria and a 'figlio d'arte' or a child of the arts. It talks about Bava's father who provided his ties to the film world, the sculptor and cinematographer Eugenio Bava, whose artistry and pioneering experimental photography was utilised in the burgeoning Italian movie-making industry of the 1900s. It also recounts how Bava stepped in to complete a low-budget film titled I vampiri after its director, Riccardo Freda, walked off set. The chapter mentions Julian Petley, who likened Bava to his compatriot, Lucio Fulci, in the City of the Living Dead review for Film & Filming and qualified both as metteur en scène directors. It also describes 1960, which is considered a fine vintage year in the illustrious and often controversial annals of horror cinema.
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