Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso, winner of the best director award at the 1972 Cannes film festival, has died. He was 92.
Jancso's death on Friday after a long illness was announced by the Association of Hungarian Film Artists.
Known for his long shots and for depicting the passage
of time in his historical epics merely by changes of costume, Jancso
won his Cannes award for "Red Psalm," about a 19th-century peasant
In the 1960s, critics ranked Jancso
alongside such great directors as Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar
Bergman. However, it was his use of scantily clad women, symbolizing
defenselessness, which drew big audiences in prudish communist Hungary.
Jancso was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Vac, a small town north of Budapest.