Hungarian Oscar-winning cinematographer dies at 85


Petr Novák, Wikipedia

Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (pictured), who was awarded an Oscar for his work on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and was nominated for “The Deer Hunter” (1978), “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), passed away at the age of 85, according to news reports.

(Photo: Petr Novák, Wikipedia)

Along with his peers, he recorded the happenings of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 with a hidden camera, and began his career in Hollywood by cleaning up litter, before gaining fame, Hungarian online daily reported.

Zsigmond, who became a naturalized citizen of the United States, was selected as one of the ten most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild, reported. In the seventies the cinematographer worked with well-known directors such as John Boorman, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma.

Zsigmond was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (cinematographers branch) from 2007, noted.

According to reports, he died in his sleep on January 1.


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