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"No Subtitles Necessary" follows the lives of renowned cinematographers László Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond from escaping the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary to present day.

As film students in Hungary, they shot footage of the Russian invasion of Budapest and subsequently volunteered to smuggle it out of the country. Barely escaping with their lives, they fled to America and settled in Hollywood, eventually saving enough money to buy their own 16mm camera to begin shooting movies.

Both rose to prominence in the late 60's and 70's having shot films such as "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "Deliverance," "Paper Moon," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." During that time, working with directors including Robert Altman, Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich, and Martin Scorsese, they helped define a new American film aesthetic, and pioneered innovative, fearless ways to tell stories.

This is the story of a 50 year journey, an intimate portrait of two giants of modern imagemaking and their deep bond of brotherhood that transcended every imaginable boundary.

Two heroes. One road.


Laszlo Kovacs, ASC

Laszlo Kovacs, ASC
Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC