Director Miklos Jancso dies at 92

Hungarian director Miklos Jancso has died at the age of 92. The moviemaker passed away on Friday (31Jan14) after a long illness, according to officials at the Association of Hungarian Film Artists.
Jancso began his career in 1954, when he started making short documentaries about local events and prominent Hungarians, such as writer Zsigmond Moricz.
He moved into feature films in 1958, with the release of The Bells Have Gone to Rome, and rose to prominence in the mid-1960s with works including 1963’s Cantata, The Round Up in 1965, The Red and the White in 1967, Silence and Cry in 1968 and Red Psalm, which won him the Best Director award at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival in France.
His work was characterised by visual stylisation and long takes, and his ability to portray the passage of time by simple changes in costume.
Jancso received a number of other awards over the years, including lifetime achievement honours at Cannes in 1979 and at the Venice Film Festival in Italy in 1990, while he was presented with the prestigious Kossuth Prize in Hungary in 1973.

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