Vilmos Zsigmond

Academy Award-winning Vilmos Zsigmond’s filmography reads like a mini Best of American Masterpieces from the last decade. Born in Hungary, Zsigmond migrated to the USA in 1957 carrying 35 mm recordings of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, and established himself as one of his new homeland’s most important cameramen within the space of a few short years. He celebrated his Hollywood breakthrough after collaborating with the most influential directors of the 70s: Robert Altman’s anti-Western McCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971) brought him his first BAFTA nomination. With several Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977), Zsigmond was one of America’s greatest and most renowned cameramen. His image language has shaped innumerable films including OBSESSION (1976) THE DEER HUNTER (1978), HEAVEN’S GATE (1980) and YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (2010). He died 2016 at the age of 85.