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No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos

Fans of 70s American cinema will want to check out this entertaining documentary about the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, lifelong friends who escaped from Hungary after the 1956 revolution, made their way to Hollywood in the 60s, and went on to shoot some of the greatest movies of the Vietnam era. (Kovacs was director of photography on Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Paper Moon, and Shampoo, Zsigmond on McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Deliverance, The Long Goodbye, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Deer Hunter.) Director James Cressanthis pays close attention to the men's craft, and the other moviemakers interviewed (Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich, Karen Black, Sandra Bullock, Sharon Stone) testify to Kovacs and Zsigmond's dedication and artistic feeling. After a while the whole thing unspools into a collection of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, but along the way there are plenty of insights into Hollywood's last golden age. 93 min.

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