The first thing I saw when I logged on this morning was that Hungarian born cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs had passed away.
A graduate of Budapest’s Academy of Drama and Film Art, Kovacs came to Hollywood in 1956, fleeing the Hungarian revolution. He had his first notable success working for producer Roger Corman on Hell’s Angels on Wheels starring a young Jack Nicholson. His work with Corman led directly to work with other 70’s luminaries from the Corman stable: Peter Fonda (Easy Rider – Directed by Dennis Hopper), Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces, King of Marvin Gardens), and Peter Bogdanovich (Targets, What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon, At Long Last Love, Nickelodeon). He would also go on to photograph Hal Ashby’s Shampoo, Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York, Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and many other films.
A cornerstone of the 70s golden age of American Cinema, Kovacs died Saturday night (7/21) in his sleep at his home in Beverly Hills. He is survived by his wife Audrey and his two daughters Jullianna and Nadia.
The blog As Little as Possible contemplates cinema without Kovacs.