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No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and VIilmos

An Inspiring Documentary by James Chressanthis, ASC

August 15, 2008
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos, a documentary, conceived, produced and directed by James Chressanthis, ASC will premiere on cinema screens in Los Angeles and New York City this month. The screenings will qualify the documentary for Oscar consideration.

“No one asks me who Laszlo and Vilmos are when they see the title,” Chressanthis says. “Laszlo Kovacs, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC truly became legends in their own time. Leonard Maltin described them as the cutting edge of the American New Wave.”

The 97-minute documentary tracks their 50-year journey with Kovacs and Zsigmond beginning with the uprising on the streets of Budapest against a repressive communist reg ime in October 1956. Chressanthis and his creative team skillfully weaved conversations with Kovacs, Zsigmond with some 50 hours of interviews with 70 people whose lives they touched with clips from memorable films they helped create into the fabric of an inspiring and compelling story. Additional details are available online at

The Los Angeles screenings will be at the Laemmle Fallbrook 7 Theater at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Friday, August 22, through Thursday, August 28. The theater is located at 6731 Fallbrook Avenue, West Hills, California. The phone number is (818) 340-8810.

The New York screenings will be at the City Cinemas Village East at noon and 2:05 p.m. daily from August 22 – August 28 as well. The theater is located at 181-189 Second Ave., New York, New York. Please check the theater for show times (TBD: noon or 1:45 p.m.). The number is (212) 529-6798.