Kazuo Miyagawa, 91, the cinematographer for such Japanese film classics as "Rashomon" whose technique was characterized by balanced composition and unobtrusive camera handling, died of kidney failure Aug. 7 at a hospital in Kyoto, Japan.
The Kyoto native joined Japan's major film production company, Nikkatsu Corp., in 1926. In 1950, he filmed the award-winning "Rashomon," directed by Akira Kurosawa. Three years later, he filmed another classic, "Ugetsu," with director Kenji Mizoguchi.
His hand-held camera work in "Tokyo Olympiad," directed by Kon Ichikawa in 1965, is credited with establishing new methods for making documentary films.
Rita Sakellariou, 64, a Greek singer who rose from desperate poverty and helped give the late Socialist Premier Andreas Papandreou his popular appeal, died of cancer Aug. 6 at a hospital in Athens.
Ms. Sakellariou, who was known for her sorrowful ballads and extravagant dress, was discovered in a run-down night club and went on to record more than 30 albums.
Papandreou, who became premier in 1981 after years of political turmoil in Greece, spoke of his admiration for Ms. Sakellariou and was photographed dancing at her performances.
San Francisco Broadcaster
Bill Hillman, 76, a veteran San Francisco area broadcaster who had served as national president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists broadcasting union, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 3 in Greenbrae, Calif.
Mr. Hillman, whose career spanned nearly six decades, worked at various radio and television stations in the Bay Area before joining KPIX-TV in San Francisco in 1953. He was a news broadcaster until retiring in 1992.