Friday, September 28, 2007

More Great Feedback

Gabriele Acerbo of Cologno Monzese, Italy poses with his copy of MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK in front of his astonishing quattro-fogli poster for Bava's LA FRUSTA E IL CORPO ("The Whip and the Body"). Gabriele is a writer-director-producer for Sky TV and among his credits are the outstanding 2004 documentary MARIO BAVA OPERAZIONE PAURA, in which I was pleased to appear alongside Ennio Morricone, Roger Corman, Dino De Laurentiis, Mario Monicelli, members of the Bava family, and many other luminaries.

John Weber of Elkridge, Maryland took his copy of ATCOTD directly to what looks like it must be his own eye-popping sanctum sanctorum -- but think again. John writes: "The attached photo was taken in the dining room of my apartment on Saturday, September 22. You can see your Bava bookmark near my right elbow, which has been marking the place on the shelf where I've been planning for your book to rest (right next to the first three volumes of Rod Serling's TWILIGHT ZONE scripts from Gauntlet Press). Both editions of THROAT SPROCKETS can be seen on the shelf below. On the table to the left, you can see my life mask of Peter Cushing, and your book seems to have rendered him silent, too... I'm completely overwhelmed by the scope of the text, and equally dazzled by all the photos and the beautiful presentation of the book as a whole. I would have gladly waited another year (or longer) for a book of this depth and magnitude. And I'm convinced that everyone who pre-ordered your book has gotten the deal of the century."

We've also heard by mail from some other Bava luminaries! Producer Alfredo Leone writes: "Thank You both for a task well done. You have captured the very soul of a great artist and human being who taught the world how to accept life and death with humility."

HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON star Stephen Forsyth: "Thanks for my copy of your wonderful book! I’m so glad to see the results of your passion, dedication and curiosity come to fruition. The book looks even better than I imagined and it is so well organized and beautifully illustrated that the size does not overwhelm. It will be an interesting and informative read for me. I'm sure your rich and detailed prose will bring new understanding and insight to my time spent with Mario. I look forward to enjoying your work of art."

And we also received a postcard from Dante Di Paolo, star of THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and BLOOD AND BLACK LACE: "I am extremely proud to share a small ray of the spotlight that glows on Mario Bava's splendid works of art in filmmaking, and than you for being so kind to me in your book. MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK will always be 'on the ready' on my coffee table. You did one hell of a job making this all happen! I found it to be both extremely informative and entertaining!"

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