A documentary film which commemorates Vilmos Zsigmond, the world-famous Hungarian cinematographer, received exemplary reviews and was a huge success at the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage in Poland. The 53-minute-long documentary film shows the life and career of the cinematographer through his photographs in a rare and personal way.
According to Origo.hu, the documentary showcased Vilmos Zsigmond’s unique black and white pictures he took throughout his life. Every picture represents a significant point in the cinematographer’s career. These pictures were exhibited in 2015 at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, but now can be seen at the Bydgoszcz Cultural Centre in Poland. Also, the film will be screened several times after its premiere at the festival. This is not the only documentary about Vilmos Zsigmond. Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond by French director Pierre Filmon premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Alan Rowe, editor in chief of the British Cinematography, wrote about the documentary that:
“It was a fantastic commemoration of Zsigmond at the festival.”
Vilmos Zsigmond was the biggest cinematographer the film industry ever had. After the Hungarian Revolution and Uprising in 1956, he emigrated to the United States and started his career in Hollywood.
He was nominated for an Academy Award four times and won one of them. He also won a BAFTA Award, an Emmy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
His most famous films are Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Stalin, McCabe & Mrs Miller, The River and The Black Dahlia.
He worked with the biggest names of Hollywood, including Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and many more.
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