Creator: Laszlo, Andrew, 1926-2011

Provenance Note: Scripts, Compact Disks, Film production notes, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences memorabilia collected by Andre Laszlo were donated to Montana State University by his son, Jeff Laszlo, of Bozeman, Montana on April 3, 2013.

Historical Note: Andrew Laszlo was a Hungarian-American cinematographer.  He was born in Papa, Hungary on January 12, 1926 where he attended local school and excelled in swimming, fencing, and skating.  He also developed an interest in photography at this time.  During World War II he was sent to a labor camp by the Nazis and eventually the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.  Following his liberation he continued to live in Hungary until 1947 when he was able to emigrate to the United States. While serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Laszlo learned motion picture filming in the Signal Corps.  This led to his employment as a television camera operator on the Phil Silvers Show and the Ed Sullivan Show.  His career as a Hollywood cinematographer began in earnest afterwards, and his credits in film and television included: The Owl and the Pussycat (1970); The Warriors (1979) Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) and Ghost Dad (1989).  In 1969, Laszlo was admitted to the Cinematographer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and he participated in the balloting of film award nominations thereafter.  When he retired from active film work he lectured students in film making as an adjunct professor at Montana State University, pursued his fly fishing hobby, and published several works of fiction.  He died in Bozeman, Montana on October 7, 2011.

Content Description Note: The Andrew Laszlo collection of motion picture memorabilia includes scripts from Hollywood productions going back as far as the 1960s, including one he wrote himself, Go Jump in the Pool.  The scripts were apparently collected because he either worked or considered working on the named film, or they were submitted for his judgement in voting for the Best Screenplay award during the annual AMPAS Oscars ceremony.  In the following listing, any scripts that represent movies Laszlo worked on have been indicated with an asterisk.  An extensive collection of musical scores for various Academy Award nominees have also been preserved.  One box of documents in this collection pertain to the production of Ghost Dad, a film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Bill Cosby in 1990 and include memorandums, shooting schedules, storyboard sheets, and other materials. This is the only film that Laszlo worked on for which significant documentation was saved.   A single folder of correspondence, which includes two autographed letters from actor Gregory Peck welcoming Laszlo to the AMPAS is part of the collection. Other memorabilia related to the AMPAS includes invitations to the annual award ceremony, ballots, rule brochures, and event schedules.


Box 1:  Letters and AMPAS memorabilia
    1. Letters, 1968-1986
    2. Invitations to Oscar ceremonies, 1994-2009
     Unfoldered:   Various brochures, rule books, and schedules


 Box 2:  Ghost Dad materials
    1. Memorandums
    2. Storyboard, Scene 14
    3. Storyboard, Scenes 31-34
    4. Storyboard, Scenes 36-38
    5. Storyboard, Scene 39
    6. Storyboard, Scene 44
    7. Storyboard, Scenes 109-11
    8. Storyboard, Scenes (various)
    9. Storyboard, Scenes (obsolete)
    10. Script revisions
    11. Breakdown pages
    12. Breakdown pages (cont.)
    13. Shooting schedules
    14. Call sheets

Box 3: Unbound scripts
    About a Boy
    Almost Famous
    American Beauty
    American Splendor
    The Aviator
    BAT 21
    Being John Malkovich
    The Best Place To Be
    Billy Elliott
    The Cider House Rules
    Dick Tracy
    A Different Story
    Erin Brockovich
    Enola Gay
    Far From Heaven
    Finding Nemo
    Finding Neverland
    Ghost World
    Go Jump In The Pool / by Andrew Laszlo
    Gods and Monsters
    Good Night and Good Luck
    Gosford Park


Box 4: Unbound scripts
    The Green Mile
    Hotel Rwanda
    The Hours
    I, The Jury*
    In America
    In The Bedroom
    The Insider
    Life is Beautiful
    Lord of the Rings-The Fellowship of the Ring
    Lord of the Rings-Return of the King
    Lost in Translation
    Monster’s Ball
    Moscow Exchange
    The One With The Fuzz
    The Pedestal
    The Pianist
    The Queen
    The Royal Tannebaums
    Shakespeare in Love
    A Simple Plan
    Southern Comfort*
    Spanners Key
    Spanners Key (final version)
    Streets of Fire*
    The Talented Mr. Ripley

Box 5: Unbound scripts
    Thin Ice
    Topsy Turvy
    The Warriors*
    Washington D.C., Episode 3
    Washington D.C., Episode 4
    Washington D.C., Episode 8
    Wonder Boys
    You Can Count On Me

Box 6: Bound scripts
    127 hours
    The Barbarian Invasion
    Before Sunset
    Brokeback Mountain
    City of God
    The Constant Gardener
    The Departed
    Dirty Pretty Things
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Frozen River
    The Hurt Locker
    The King’s Speech
    Little Miss Sunshine
    Letters From Iwo Jima
    Michael Clayton
    Million Dollar Baby
    Notes on a Scandal
    The Savages
    Slumdog Millionaire
    The Squid and the Whale
    Toy Story 3
    A Very Long Engagement

Box 7: Soundtrack CDs
    127 Hours (2)
    American Beauty
    Angela’s Ashes
    Apollo 13
    Artificial Intelligence
    Basic Instinct
    A Beautiful Mind
    The Bodyguard
    Brokeback Mountain
    The Cider House Rules
    The Constant Gardener
    Country Song
    The Core
    Don Juan De Marco
    Dreamgirls (2)
    The Emperor’s New Groove
    The Firm
    The First Wives Club
    Hustle and Flow


Box 8: Soundtrack CDs
    Kate and Leopold
    The King’s Speech
    Last of the Mohicans
    Life is Beautiful
    The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
    Meet the Parents
    Monsters, Inc.
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Music of the Heart
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    The Patriot
    Pearl Harbor
    Poetic Justice
    Pride and Prejudice
    Prince of Egypt
    The Red Violin
    Saving Private Ryan
    Schindler’s List
    Shakespeare in Love


Box 9: Soundtrack CDs
    Sister Act
    Sleepless in Seattle
    The Social Network
    South Park
    The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Toy Story 2
    Toy Story 3
    Trans America
    Unstrung Heroes
    Vanilla Sky
    Wonder Boys


Updated: 8/12/16