Laszlo Kovacs ASC rides away
Posted 23 July 2007 - 11:49 AM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:42 PM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:49 PM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 02:34 PM
Cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs dies at 74
By Carolyn Giardina
Laszlo Kovacs, one of Hollywood's most influential and respected directors of photography, died Saturday night in his sleep. He was 74.
Kovacs lensed the landmark cinematic achievement "Easy Rider" and compiled about 60 credits including "Five Easy Pieces," "Shampoo," "Paper Moon," "New York, New York," "What's Up, Doc," "Ghostbusters," "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Miss Congeniality."
The Hungary-born cinematographer also carried during his career a remarkable story of courage that occurred 50 years ago during his country's revolution.
Kovacs was born and raised on a farm in Hungary when that country was isolated from the Western world, first by the Nazi occupation and later during the Cold War. Kovacs was in his final year of school in Budapest when a revolt against the communist regime started on the city streets.
He and his lifelong friend Vilmos Zsigmond made the daring decision to document the event for its historic significance. To do this, they borrowed film and a camera from their school, hid the camera in a paper bag with a hole for the lens and recorded the conflict.
The pair then embarked on a dangerous journey during which they carried 30,000 feet of documentary film across the border into Austria. They entered the U.S. as political refugees in 1957.
Their historic film was featured in a CBS documentary narrated by Walter Cronkite.
Against the odds, Kovacs and Zsigmond went on to become two of Hollywood's most influential directors of photography.
Kovacs was an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers, and in 2002, he received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization's highest honor.
In 1998, he received two lifetime achievement awards for cinematography: one at the Hawaii International Film Festival and one at CamerImage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, in Torun, Poland.
Kovacs was a member of the ASC's board of directors and demonstrated a deep commitment to education by leading the ASC Education Committee.
The 2008 ASC Student Awards will be known as the Laszlo Kovacs Student Heritage Award.
Kovacs is survived by his wife, Audrey, and two daughters, Jullianna and Nadia.
Posted 23 July 2007 - 04:52 PM
I agree with John Holland. Why wasn't Laszlo doing high profile first rate movies
in the last 20 years? He was an extraordinary talent. It seems that all the major films
are shot by all the same flavor of the month names these days.
He was an inspiration to me,and there are some shots in the feature I've been shooting
that were inspired by him.
We never want our heroes and inspirations to die. We want them to live forever
and perform their art without end.
It's so hard to reconcile this........
Bless you Laszlo. Your brilliance will live forever.
Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:04 PM
He lives on in the legacy of his films.
Among the great ones: "Easy Rider", "Five Easy Pieces", "What's Up, Doc?", "The King of Marvin Gardens", "Paper Moon", "Shampoo".
My condolences to his family and his lifelong friend, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.
Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:21 PM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:23 PM
I'm actually crying. Richard Wagner's Lohengrin may be helping that, though.
Edited by Matthew Buick, 23 July 2007 - 05:24 PM.
Posted 23 July 2007 - 07:17 PM
Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:27 PM
Incidentally, the film "Radio Flyer" was an early influence on me when I saw it as an 11 or 12 year old boy. The visuals still stick with me to this day.
His projects have been a roller coaster from high to low concept films, but his work has always been a class act regardless of the genre or sillyness of the subject matter. And his shared knowledge with students should be compiled into one compendium for all.
I miss him already.
Posted 24 July 2007 - 10:38 AM
Edited by Luc Allein, 24 July 2007 - 10:38 AM.
Posted 24 July 2007 - 12:26 PM