An Icon in Cinematography, Vilmos Zsigmond Dies at 85, By Adrienne Papp

From Left to Right Wilmos Zsigmond, Michael Moore and Adrienne Papp
From Left to Right Vilmos Zsigmond, Michael Moore and Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp

Vilmos Zsigmond Memorial

On January 12 2016, Bunyik Entertainment announced that with the collaboration of Laemmle’s Theater Group, home of the Hungarian Film Festivals of Los Angeles, there was a memorial in honor of cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond at the Royal Theater in Santa Monica.

Bank Ban, regarded as one the most important musical dramas of Hungary’s national cultural heritage was screened. Vilmos was lured back to his homeland to shoot this, his first feature ever in Hungary. Zsigmond teamed with first-time director Csaba Kael and screenwriter Gabor Meszoly, who adapted Jozsef Katona’s play. The world premiere of this film was first screened at the Laemmle’s Theater in 2002.

Various friends and colleagues spoke at the event. Sharing experiences with Vilmos and the admiration they have for him.

As part of the highly successful “Anniversary Classics” series, a Robert Altman’s film McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) was screened for which Vilmos Zsigmond was the cinematographer. During his career Vilmos was awarded many times for his work and also praised for this classic film. The Laemmle’s Theater and the organizers of the “Anniversary Classics” series regularly invite the stars of the films to such events.

“Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, whose work on classics such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Deer Hunter” and numerous other films made him one of the most influential cinematographers in film history, has died at the age of 85 on January 1st, 2016  in Big Sur, California, USA

Screenshot 2016-02-28 21.21.48The Hungarian-born Zsigmond died from “a combination of many illnesses,” said Neyman, who received notice from the deceased’s wife,

Zsigmond won an Oscar for 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” He was also nominated three other times, for 1978’s “The Deer Hunter,” 1984’s “The River”and 2006’s “The Black Dahlia.”  Source: w

Some of Zsigmond’s work included the biggest films in the history of Hollywood:






Cinematographer (100 credits)
 2014God the Father (Documentary)
 2012-2014The Mindy Project (TV Series) (24 episodes) 

– Danny and Mindy (2014)
– Girl Next Door (2014)
– Think Like a Peter (2014)
– Girl Crush (2014)
 2012Kickstart Theft (Short)
 2011The Maiden Danced to Death (director of photography)
 2006Surrender, Dorothy (TV Movie)
 2004Medicine Chest (Video short)
 2004Jersey Girl (director of photography)
 2001Life as a House (director of photography)
 2001The Mists of Avalon (TV Mini-Series)
 2001The Body
 2000Ljuset håller mig sällskap (Documentary)
 1999The Argument (Short)
 1998Playing by Heart (director of photography)
 1994Intersection (director of photography)
 1992Stalin (TV Movie)
 1990The Bonfire of the Vanities (director of photography)
 1989Fat Man and Little Boy (director of photography)
 1984The River
 1981Blow Out (director of photography)
 1979The Rose
 1979Flesh & Blood (TV Movie)
 1978The Deer Hunter (director of photography)
 1977Close Encounters of the Third Kind (director of photography) 
 1976Death Riders (Documentary)
 1975Iron and Horse (Short) (director of photography)
 1974The Sugarland Express (director of photography)
 1973Cinderella Liberty (director of photography)
 1973Scarecrow (director of photography)
 1973The Long Goodbye (photographed by)
 1972Deliverance (director of photography)
 1971McCabe & Mrs. Miller (director of photography)
 1971Threshold (Short) (as William Zsigmond)
 1970Horror of the Blood Monsters (director of photography – as William Zsigmond)
 1969Baja Marimba Band (TV Movie)
 1969Futz (director of photography)
 1969Five Bloody Graves (director of photography – as William Zsigmond)
 1969The Monitors (director of photography – as William Zsigmund)
 1969The Bold Ones: The Protectors (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1969Satan’s Sadists (uncredited)
 1969Hot Rod Action (Documentary) (director of photography) 

 1968Jennie: Wife/Child (as William Zsigmond)
 1968Prelude (Short)
 1968The World of Animals: Big Cats, Little Cats (TV Movie documentary)
 1968The Name of the Game Is Kill! (as William Zsigmond)
 1967The Road to Nashville (as William Zsigmund)
 1967Psycho à Go-Go (director of photography – as William Zsigmond)
 1967Mondo Mod (Documentary) (as William Zsigmond)
 1965Psycho a Go-Go (as William Zsigmond)
 1965The Market (TV Movie documentary) (as William Zsigmond)
 1965Rat Fink
 1965Summer Children (as William Zsigmond)
 1965Tales of a Salesman (as William Zsigmond)
 1965Deadwood ’76 (director of photography – as William Zsigmond)
 1964The Nasty Rabbit (as William Zsigmond)
 1964The Time Travelers (director of photography – as William Zsigmond)
 1964What’s Up Front! (as William Zsigmond)
 1963Story of the Wholesale Produce Market (Documentary short)
 1963The Sadist (director of photography – as William Zsigmond)
 1955Hajnal elött (Short)
 1953A Föld (Short)
Show ShowCamera and Electrical Department (11 credits)
Show ShowProducer (3 credits)
Show ShowActor (2 credits)
Show ShowDirector (1 credit)
Show ShowMiscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show ShowThanks (10 credits)
Show ShowSelf (35 credits)
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Along with László Kovács, a fellow student who fled Hungary in 1956, Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s. He is known for his use of natural light and vivid use of color on features such as The Long Goodbye (1973) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
One of his most famous and entertaining quotes was: “We had a terrible situation on “Close Encounters”, because they wanted to fire me several times. The only reason they didn’t was because they didn’t have a replacement who could take over.” for which ironically enough he won an Oscar.
Adrienne Papp About the Author of This Article:  Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist, economist and feature writer, who has written for many publications including Savoir; The Westside Today Publications ; such as Beverly Hills 90210; Malibu Beach; Santa Monica Sun; The Beverly Hills Times; Brentwood News; Bel-Air View ; Celebrity Society ; Celeb Staff It Magazine Chic Today LA2DAY West Side Today among many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles / New York-based publicity company, Atlantic Publicity and publishing house, Atlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities, world leaders, inventors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. She also owns Atlantic United Films that produces and finances true stories made for theatrical release or the silver screen. Spotlight News Magazine is owned by Atlantic Publicity that just opened a new extension to it : PublicityLosAngelesAdrienne Papp is a member of the International Press Academy.She is the Founder, CEO and President  of Youthful & Ageless ™, Bringing Information to Billions™, An Honorable Cause™





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