János Kende started work with Jancsó in 1965 and two years later became his favoured cinematographer. For 25 years, Kende was behind the camera on almost every feature that the director made. In addition, he also worked with other great names in Hungarian cinema, such as Zsolt Kézdi-Kovács, Márta Mészáros, Pál Gábor and others. His camerawork is particularly noted for its directness and precision and his ability to capture the mood or atmosphere of a particular landscape or setting.
Kinoeye here presents a previously unpublished interview by Graham Petrie, made in 1985. At this time, Jancsó’s latest film was A zsarnok szíve (The Tyrant’s Heart, 1981), which saw the visual style and spatial architecture change dramatically from his early films. This process would continue in the “tetralogy of chaos” that Jancsó was about to embark on. This loose tetralogy, though, was to constitute the last features Jancsó would make with Kende, and from the mid-1990s his favoured director of photography has been Ferenc Grunwalsky.
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