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New Wave King: The Cinematography of Laszlo Kovacs

New Wave King: The Cinematography of Laszlo Kovacs
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Author: Ray Zone
Publisher: American Cinematographer
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 125
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 0935578196
ISBN-13: 9780935578195

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About the Book:

New Wave King: The Cinematography of Laszlo Kovacs, ASC is the first book published on Laszlo Kovacs, a cinematographer who changed the face of filmmaking by taking it out of the studios and on the road.

With more than 70 US feature films to his credit as cinematographer or director of photography, Laszlo Kovacs was one of the top cinematographers in the motion picture industry. Born in the countryside outside Budapest, he filmed the Hungarian uprising and escaped to Hollywood. In the US he joined a second rebellion, that of the young generation of film-makers who forced Hollywood to reconsider its values. He worked with Altman and Scorsese, Rafelson and Bogdanovich, part of a counter-cultural movement now seen as a golden age. His cinematography brought a poetic realism to the anti-establishment classics Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces. From the ASC classic archives and the pages of American Cinematographer magazine comes this definitive look at the work of one of the innovators in motion picture photography, whose films include such classics as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The King Of Marvin Gardens, Shampoo, Ghostbusters and New York, New York.

The book New Wave King: The Cinematography of Laszlo Kovacs features:

• A new foreword by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC

• Introductory essay by Ray Zone

• Kovacs on the making of Easy Rider

• Kovacs' work with Martin Scorsese on New York, New York

• A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Ghostbusters

• The filming of the western The Lone Ranger

• The special effects for Multiplicity, and Jack Frost

• Kovacs on lighting and a comprehensive filmography

• A comprehensive and annotated Filmography of Kovacs' films

Students of cinematography and film history will find this volume indispensable. There is only one Laszlo Kovacs. Readers of this book will gain unusual insights into the mind of the man who seemed equally comfortable with subdued, intimate scenes and dazzling pyrotechnics, full of spectacle and colour, a range that became more apparent in later years on such blockbusters as Ghostbusters, My Best Friend's Wedding, and Miss Congeniality. His camera celebrated American characters and landscape with equal passion, drawing on the spirit of the western and that of the times in which he lived, and picked up a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Cinematographers for his work along the way.

About the Author:

Ray Zone (1947–2012) was an American film historian, author, artist, and pioneer in methods of converting flat images like comic books into stereoscopic images. He produced 3D adaptations of art for more than 150 comic books, helping to earn him the nickname “The 3D King of Hollywood.” He also wrote and edited several books, including New Wave King: The Cinematography of Laszlo Kovacs.

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