László Kovács  

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László Kovács (May 14, 1933July 22, 2007) was a cinematographer, most "New Hollywood" films Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Paper Moon and Shampoo.

Born in Cece, Hungary, Kovács studied cinema at the State Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest between 1952 and 1956. Together with Vilmos Zsigmond, a fellow student and lifelong friend, Kovács secretly filmed the day-to-day development of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution using an camera borrowed from their school. In November of that year, the two up-and-coming filmmakers smuggled the 30,000 feet of film into Austria, where the film was developed, and they arrived in the United States in March of 1957 to sell the footage. By that time, however, the revolution was no longer considered newsworthy and it was not until some years later, in 1961, that it was screened American television.

Kovács settled in the United States, becoming a citizen in 1963. He worked at several menial jobs several "no-budget" and "low-budget" films with Vilmos Zsigmond.

Kovács died at his home in Beverly Hills, California in 2007, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife, Audrey, and their two daughters, Julianna and Nadia. It has been reported that the 2008 ASC Student Awards will be known as Laszlo Kovacs Student Heritage Awards, in his honor.

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