János Tóth (1930-2019) created a rich and varied body of work. As a cinematographer, he is associated not only with feature films, but also with short and animated films, and the etudes he directed and photographed form a chapter in the history of Hungarian cinema with their original vision and style. And at least two of his cinematic works are undisputed highlights of Hungarian cinema: Elégia, shot with Zoltán Huszárik in 1965, and Szerelem (Love) by Károly Makk in 1970. His presence in Hungarian cinema goes far beyond that of cinematographers in general: he is an auteur filmmaker with a unique vision of the world and a distinctive style.
No monographic analysis has yet been written about János Tóth as a director and cinematographer. The first half of the book aims to fill this gap, while the second half contains interviews with the author.
The book is accompanied by a DVD that contains the following films, for each of which the György Szabados Quartet provided the sound:
STUDY II (1975) 11′
MOZIKÉP (1976) 11’07
ÖRÖK MOZI (1982) 88’35