ASC and American Cinematheque Honor Zsigmond, Kovács

Vilmos and Laszlo

ASC members and lifelong friends Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács.

The American Society of Cinematographers and the American Cinematheque have collaborated to co-present a special screening event honoring the artistry, friendship and memory of ASC members Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács.

The double-feature program begins at 7:30pm on Friday September 23, at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA.

MCCABE & MRS. MILLER (presented in a new 4K DCP)

1971, Warner Bros., 120 min, Dir: Robert Altman

Director Robert Altman spins fresh variations on archetypal themes and characters in a film that set the mood for 1970s revisionist Westerns. Memorable opening images of an unlikely hero riding toward town, accompanied by the music of Leonard Cohen, introduce this opium dream of a Western, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, with superb cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.

NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LASZLO & VILMOS (presented on 35mm film)

2008, Cinema Libre Studio, 86 min, USA, Dir: James Chressanthis

The New Hollywood cinema of the 1970s owes much of its look to a pair of Hungarian film school refugees, László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond. This documentary by fellow cinematographer Chressanthis is a loving tribute to these two lifelong friends and master craftsmen, with interviews from such colleagues as Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Donner and Dennis Hopper and clips from classic films shot by Kovács and Zsigmond, including Easy Rider, The Deer Hunter and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The night’s program will include an introduction by No Subtitles Necessary director James Chressanthis, ASC and American Cinematographer contributor Jim Hemphill.

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, HSC

Milton Keslow (left) with Laszlo Kovacs, ASC, on the set of Paradise Alley.

Milton Keslow (left) with László Kovács, ASC, on the set of Paradise Alley.