Laszlo Kovacs

Director of photography, Film lecturer
The cinematographer behind such revolutionary films as "Easy Rider," (1969), "Five Easy Pieces," (1970) and "Shampoo" (1975), Lszl Kovcs was credited for bringing forth a naturalistic, almost documentary feel to his ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1932 in Budapest, HU

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (68)

Torn from the Flag 2006 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Jack Frost 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Multiplicity 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Next Karate Kid 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Scout 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Deception 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

(Photography)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shattered 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Little Nikita 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last Movie 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Elvis' Graceland 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Photography

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mask 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Crackers 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Toy 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

(concert scenes) (Photography)

The Runner Stumbles 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Baby Blue Marine 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

At Long Last Love 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shampoo 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

For Pete's Sake 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Reflection of Fear 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Huckleberry Finn 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Paper Moon 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Slither 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Steelyard Blues 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pocket Money 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Directed By John Ford 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The King of Marvin Gardens 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Five Easy Pieces 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rebel Rousers 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blood of Dracula's Castle 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Easy Rider 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

That Cold Day in the Park 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Psych-Out 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Targets 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Savage Seven 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hell's Angels on Wheels 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Time Travelers 1963 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Directed by John Ford (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (7)

Our Daily Bread 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nyitott ablak 1987 (Movie)

Novotny (Actor)

The American Dreamer 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (1)

Torn from the Flag 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Sound (1)

Robin Hood 2007 (Tv Show)

Boom Operator
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (1)

Passport to Murder (TV Show)

Electrician

Biography

The cinematographer behind such revolutionary films as "Easy Rider," (1969), "Five Easy Pieces," (1970) and "Shampoo" (1975), László Kovács was credited for bringing forth a naturalistic, almost documentary feel to his films of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Shooting film for a veritable who's who of then "New Hollywood" filmmakers, including Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Altman, Hal Ashby, Bob Rafelson and Martin Scorsese, he helped usher in a new era gritty, realistic photography. But his range was far from limited, and his work included the black and white Depression-set beauty of "Paper Moon" (1973) and the stylish 1940s tribute to musicals, "New York, New York" (1977). The prolific cameraman, who photographed some 70 films during his career, beginning with B westerns and horror films, all the way through such modern day hits as "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Miss Congeniality" (2000), left behind a large array of varied and venerable films that firmly established Kovács as one of greatest in his profession.

Relationships

Imre Kovacs

Father

Juliana Kovacs

Mother

Julianna Kovacs Actor

Daughter

Nadia Kovacs

Daughter

Audrey Vaught

Wife
married on March 18, 1984

EDUCATION

Academy for Theater and Film Art

Budapest 1956
classmates included Vilmos Zsigmond

studied under Gyorgy Illes

Milestones

2007

Shot "Torn From the Flag," a feature documentary about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956; the film incorporates some of the footage that he and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, a Budapest film school graduate, photographed before fleeing the country and ar

2000

Served as director of photography for the film, "Miss Congeniality"

1997

Photographed "My Best Friend's Wedding"

1995

Created the claustrophobic camerawork of "Copycat"

1993

Worked on the second unit photography of "Sliver"

1987

Did rare work in TV on the syndicated special "Elvis' Graceland"

1985

Shot Bogdanovich's "Mask"

1984

Worked as cinematographer on "Ghostbusters"

1979

Shot "The Rose"

1977

Recreated the look of 1940s film musicals for Martin Scorsese's "New York, New York"

1976

Last film with Bogdanovich for almost a decade, "Nickelodeon"

1975

Shot "Shampoo" directed by Hal Ashby

1973

Shot Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon" in black and white

1968

Had career breakthrough with "Easy Rider"; earned union card

1968

First worked with Peter Bogdanovich on "Targets"

1965

First US feature film as director of photography, "The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill"

1964

Was camera operator under Vilmos Zsigmond on "The Time Travelers"

1964

Served as camera assistant under Vilmos Zsigmond on first US feature, "The Nasty Rabbit"

1963

Became US citizen

1963

Was cinematographer on first US film, the short "Lullaby"

1957

First documentary film credit, "Ungarn in Flammen/Revolt in Hungary"; comprised of footage shot by Kovacs and others during the 1956 Hungarian Revolt; broadcast on CBS in 1957

1957

Immigrated to USA

1956

Escaped Hungary during revolution alongside friend Vilmos Zsigmond

1948

Saw "Citizen Kane" which inspired him to become a cinematographer

Bonus Trivia

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Kovacs is one of the interview subjects in the 1993 AFI documentary on the art of cinematography, "Visions of Light".

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