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Vilmos Zsigmond (1930–2016)


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). See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter Cinematographer
(1978)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1977)
Deliverance
Deliverance Cinematographer
(1972)
Maverick
Maverick Cinematographer
(1994)

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 2013/I Compulsion
 2011 The Maiden Danced to Death (director of photography)
 2010 Louis
 2004 Jersey Girl (director of photography)
 2002 Bánk bán
 2001 Life as a House (director of photography)
 2001 The Body
 1998 Illegal Music
 1998 Playing by Heart (director of photography)
 1995 Assassins
 1994 Maverick
 1994 Intersection (director of photography)
 1993 Sliver
 1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities (director of photography)
 1990 The Two Jakes
 1989 Fat Man and Little Boy (director of photography)
 1985 Real Genius
 1984 The River
 1982 Jinxed!
 1981 Blow Out (director of photography)
 1980 Heaven's Gate
 1979 The Rose
 1979 Winter Kills
 1978 The Deer Hunter (director of photography)
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (director of photography)
 1976 Obsession
 1976 Sweet Revenge
 1974 The Sugarland Express (director of photography)
 1973 Cinderella Liberty (director of photography)
 1973 Scarecrow (director of photography)
 1973 The Long Goodbye (photographed by)
 1972 Country Music
 1972 Deliverance (director of photography)
 1972 Images
 1971 The Ski Bum
 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller (director of photography)
 1970 Horror of the Blood Monsters (director of photography - as William Zsigmond)
 1969 Futz (director of photography)
 1969 Five Bloody Graves (director of photography - as William Zsigmond)
 1969 The Monitors (director of photography - as William Zsigmund)
 1969 Satan's Sadists (uncredited)
 1968 Jennie: Wife/Child (as William Zsigmond)
 1968 The Name of the Game Is Kill! (as William Zsigmond)
 1967 The Road to Nashville (as William Zsigmund)
 1967 Psycho à Go-Go (director of photography - as William Zsigmond)
 1965 Psycho a Go-Go (as William Zsigmond)
 1965 Rat Fink
 1965 Summer Children (as William Zsigmond)
 1965 Tales of a Salesman (as William Zsigmond)
 1965 Deadwood '76 (director of photography - as William Zsigmond)
 1964 The Nasty Rabbit (as William Zsigmond)
 1964 The Time Travelers (director of photography - as William Zsigmond)
 1964 What's Up Front! (as William Zsigmond)
 1963 The Sadist (director of photography - as William Zsigmond)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Theatrical commercial, L.A. Times (on camera)

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 4 Interviews | 6 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »


Alternate Names:

William Zsigmond | William Zsigmund
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Personal Quote:

[on Heaven's Gate (1980)] Michael [Cimino] really wanted to make a perfect film. He could have made this film for much less. He overdid it; he overcomplicated it. But they should not have killed him for it. See more »

Trivia:

Began his career photographing the Hungarian revolution of 1956. Won several international and domestic awards as director of TV commercials. See more »

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