Bava's considered one of the great masters of the European horror film. He began as a cinematographer in the 1940s and began directing his own films in the 60s. La Maschera del demonio (Black Sunday) with Barbara Steele is probably his best-known work. According to IMMORAL TALES (By Cathal Tohill and Pete Thomas), Bava had a strong influence on Dario Argento. I personally like Bava's black and white work (Black Sunday, 1960, for example) better than I do his color work. He has a nice feel for the contrast-possibilities of b&w and gets some gorgeous noir effects. ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.