Hungarian film director Miklos Jancso dies at 92

Budapest: Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso, winner of the best director award at the 1972 Cannes film festival, has died. He was 92.

Jancso`s death yesterday 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 costume changes, Jancso won his Cannes award for "Red Psalm," about a 19th-century peasant revolt.

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, symbolising defencelessness, which drew big audiences in prudish communist Hungary.

Jancso was born Sep 27, 1921, in Vac, a small town north of Budapest.