No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)





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Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond were two of the best and most influential cinematographers working in Hollywood in the Sixties and Seventies; between them, they worked with the likes of Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Brian DePalma, John Boorman, Peter Bogdanovich, Hal Ashby, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Paul Mazursky, helping shape the look of some of the most vital films of the decade and showing new ways to balance beauty and realism on screen. Surprisingly, these two … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
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Written By: James Chressanthis
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On DVD: Feb 28, 2012
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Spanning the pair's half-century-long friendship and individual work on strikingly shot films of the past four decades, pic deftly combines personal, political and cinematic histories through anecdote-laden interviews and eye-popping clips.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
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...traces the two men's careers from photographing together the 1956 Hungarian Uprising to filming between them many of the most important and influential films of the late 20th century.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
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Full Review… | February 28, 2012
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"No Subtitles Necessary" is an insightful documentary about noted cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond who not only escaped Hungary shortly after the unsuccessful 1956 uprising but also risked their lives filming some of it for western news sources. After coming to America, they worked a series of odd jobs before going to Hollywood where they worked on a series of odd movies before hitting it big. That came in 1969, just as Hollywood was getting interesting, as their naturalistic styles became very influential over the following decade. And that's not to mention the documentary identifying the close relationship between cinematographers and actors, eloquently expressed best by Sharon Stone.

Considering we already know so much about "Easy Rider," why not try to include an anecdote or two from Dennis Hopper's infamous "The Last Movie," instead? Plus, in the movie's dual format, it is tougher to separate the careers of Kovacs and Zsigmond. For example, I am still not quite sure who was supposed to be the handsome one.

Walter M.

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