Sunday, January 3, 2016

Vilmos Zsigmond - RIP

Vilmos Zsigmond has died. He was 85 years old.

Zsigmond was one of the top cinematographers of all time. After fleeing his homeland of Hungary alongside fellow cameraman László Kovács, he made his way to America to work in film. He got his first breaks through resident B-movie director Ray Dennis Stickler, lensing drive-in and grindhouse fare like The Sadist and The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies.

Robert Altman saw something in him and hired him for McCabe and & Ms. Miller, which helped him rise in prominence in Hollywood. He worked with several of the main players of the New Hollywood movement: John Boorman (Deliverance), Steven Spielberg (The Sugarland Express, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate), and Brian de Palma (Obsession, Blow Out, Bonfire of the Vanities, The Black Dahlia).

He will be missed.

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