Alexander Korda

Film director Alexander Korda

Sir Alexander Korda was a Hungarian-born British film producer and director. He was a leading figure in the British film industry, the founder of London Films and the owner of British Lion Films, a film distributing company.
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Conrad Veidt on TCM: THE HANDS OF ORLAC, CASABLANCA, NAZI AGENT - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan, the Alexander Korda-produced The Thief of Bagdad (1940) is considered by many to be the best film version of any Arabian Nights tale. John Justin and June Duprez are the romantic leads,
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Daily guide to television and radio - Boston Globe
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PG-13 (2009) The Thief of Bagdad 10 pm (TCM) Alexander Korda's magnificent production of the “Arabian Nights'' fantasy. Conrad Veidt. NR (1940) The Social Network 11:05 pm (STARZ) Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates the website Facebook,
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Pick of the Paperbacks: August 14 - Telegraph.co.uk
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NB Film producer Alexander Korda's life is an amazing journey, from childhood in rural Hungary to fame in Britain as the man responsible for such cinematic successes as The Third Man and The Private Life of Henry VIII. Drazin's biography is a result of
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Fascist Fashionista - Daily Beast
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When the Second World War came to an end in Europe, my uncle Sir Alexander Korda was the first filmmaker to reopen offices in Germany and Austria. Not only did he move quickly to place a London film office in both countries, he also managed to make the
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Unlikely leading man Charles Laughton; TCM's Summer Under The Stars icon Aug. 7 - Examiner.com
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Directed and produced by Alexander Korda, the film was shot in London. Laughton again teamed withKorda in 1936 when he starred in another historical drama, Rembrandt, airing next on TCM at 9:15am/8:15c. Also once again on hand was co-star Elsa
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Korda by Charles Drazin - Oxford Times
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But once the focus falls on the screen career of Alexander Korda, this becomes a fascinating profile of a showman who was more than capable of charlatanry once he realised that greater profits lay in being an opportunist rather than a poet
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Book/DVD/Record - Town Topics
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“A story of two old people going up and down an African river,” British producer Alexander Korda told the film's eventual producer Sam Spiegel. “Who's going to be interested in that? You'll be bankrupt.” The two “old people” being referred to were
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Paulette Goddard Movie Schedule: AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE WOMEN - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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I've never watched Alexander Korda's British-made An Ideal Husband, a 1948 adaptation (by Lajos Biro) of Oscar Wilde's play, but it should be at least worth a look. The respectable cast includes Michael Wilding, Diana Wynyard, C. Aubrey Smith,
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New Marathi Cinema: Gandha by Sachin Kundalkar - DearCinema
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In this context, it would do Kundalkar good to remember Alexander Korda's words which, in effect, echo a similar sentiment expressed by numerous important directors the world over: “A film is good and useful when it is national in character and
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Movie studio near Budapest launches guided tours on filmmaking - Caboodle.hu
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Alexander Korda built his own film studio in Budapest, the Corvin Film Studios, at the age of 23. He left Hungary in 1919 and later produced internationally successful films such as The Jungle Book, The Third Man and The Thief Of Bagdad, for which his
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Hugh Stewart - Telegraph.co.uk
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When Saville joined Alexander Korda at London Films, Stewart went with him as editor. There he impressed Alfred Hitchcock and was given The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) as his first job as supervising editor. Other credits include Dark Journey and
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Sunday Dinner And a Movie From Big!Lots - San Diego Reader (blog)
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The first to meet with our disapproval was Arabian Nights (1942), a splashy Technicolor adventure yarn made to cash in on the success of Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad. The film was a hit, it earned 4 Academy Award nominations, and the first of
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"Are You Airminded?" The Slang Of War - The Awl
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Saint-Amour observes that, by the late 1930s, premonitions of the next war had saturated public dialogue in Europe; the HG Wells and Alexander Korda film Things to Come (1936), with its opening scene of aerial bombardment, poison gas attacks and mass
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Socialite Amanda Eliasch only cheated on her husband with one man... though it ... - Daily Mail
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In 1991 Johan struck out on his own, establishing Equity Partners with minor interests held by Charles and Maurice Saatchi, and acquiring London Films, the production company founded by Sir Alexander Korda. An avid skier, he gained control of
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"The Great Escape" in Iran - Iran Book News Agency
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Alexander Korda was the savior of the British film industry, and Michael Curtiz directed Casablanca. Arthur Koestler penned the monumental anti-Communist novel Darkness at Noon. Rendered into Persian by Hadi Homami the book will be released in Iran by
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Ruthless but beautiful - Himalayan Times
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In London she called herself Queenie and waited tables until she came to the notice of the famous director Alexander Korda who groomed her and put her into several movies. He married her and when he became a knight, she became Lady Korda but her screen
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A kulisszák mögé leshetnek be a Korda Stúdió látogatói - Kultúra.hu
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A látogatókat berendezett dolgozó- és szállodai szoba várja, elvégre Alexander Korda életének java részét hotelekben töltötte - mutatott rá Sebestyén Katalin. A tárlat felidézi a világhírűvé vált filmrendező és producer életében jelentős szerepet
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 62
    Korda died at the age of 62 in London in 1956 of a heart attack and was cremated.
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  • 1954
    Age 60
    In 1954 he received £5 million from the City Investing Corporation of New York, enabling him to keep producing movies until his death.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1953
    Age 59
    He married, lastly, on 8 June 1953, Alexandra Boycun (1928–1966), who survived him.
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  • 1948
    Age 54
    In 1948 Korda signed a co-production deal with David O. Selznick.
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    In 1948 Korda received an advance payment of £375,000, the largest single payment received by a British film company, for three movies, An Ideal Husband (1947), Anna Karenina (1948) and Mine Own Executioner (1948).
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  • FORTIES
  • 1943
    Age 49
    He returned to Britain in 1943 as production chief of MGM-London films, with a £35 million, 10-year programme.
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  • 1942
    Age 48
    In 1942, Alexander Korda was knighted for his contribution to the war effort, the first film director to receive the honour.
  • 1939
    Age 45
    In 1939, he married the film star Merle Oberon.
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    Korda though soon had financial difficulties and management of the Denham complex was merged with Pinewood in 1939, becoming part of the Rank Organisation.
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    By 1939, Michael Powell had been hired as a contract director by Korda on the strength of The Edge of the World.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1932
    Age 38
    In 1932 Korda founded London Films with Big Ben as the company logo.
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  • 1930
    Age 36
    They had one son, Peter Vincent Korda, and divorced in 1930.
    Their marriage collapsed, and they divorced in 1930.
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  • 1926
    Age 32
    In December 1926 after receiving a joint contract offer from the American studio First National, Korda and his wife sailed for the United States on board the steamer Olympic.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1920
    Age 26
    After leaving Hungary, Korda accepted an invitation from Count Alexander Kolowrat to work for his company Sascha-Film in the Austrian capital Vienna. Korda worked alongside Kolowrat, who had attracted several leading Hungarian and German directors into his employment, on the 1920 historical epic The Prince and the Pauper.
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  • 1919
    Age 25
    Korda was married three times, first to the Hungarian actress María Corda in 1919.
    Korda established a film company named Corvin Film, building it into one of the largest in Hungary. In October 1919, Korda was arrested during the White Terror that followed the overthrow of the short-lived Communist government, the Hungarian Democratic Republic by reason his participation in its government.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1893.
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