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Hungarian film director Miklos Jancso dead at 92

English.news.cn   2014-02-01 06:12:50

BUDAPEST, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Internationally recognized Hungarian film director Miklos Jancso died on Friday at the age of 92.

According to Hungarian News Agency MTI, Jancso passed away after a long serious illness.

Jancso, whose unique style consisted of long takes, rural settings and often the juxtapositioning of black on white, was well known internationally as of the mid-1960s.

His best known works include "The Round Up," made in 1965 and focused on Austrian reprisals following Hungary's failed war of independence in 1848, "The Red and the White," made in 1967 and set within the Russian Civil War, and "Red Psalm," a story of striking farm workers in 1890, made in 1971. Jancso won the Best Director award in Cannes for "Red Psalm."

Jancso's later films were more stylized, included exceedingly long takes and a great deal of symbolism, a technique we first see in "Red Psalm." The critics were less enthusiastic about some of his later films.

In the 1970s he made several films in Italy, of which "Private Vices, Public Virtues" is perhaps the best known.

Some consider the films he made in the 1980s to be insignificant while others say they include some of his most important works. They include "Dawn," and "Season of Monsters," the latter in a surrealistic and parodistic style. "Season of Monsters" won an honorable mention at the Venice Film Festival.

After several films in the 1990s, came "The Lord's Lantern in Budapest," major stylistic departure from his earlier films with much shorter takes and more relaxed camera movement. It tells of two gravediggers, Pepe and Kapa, who try to make sense of post-communist Budapest where reality has become relative. He made another five films showcasing these two characters to portray his take on life and history. The last was made in 2006, when Jancso was 85.

Jancso received lifetime awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979 and at the Venice Festival in 1990. He is a two-time winner of the Kossuth Prize, Hungary's highest arts award.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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