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Alexander Korda

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Alexander Korda

Hungarian-born British film producer and director add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1893.

Countries: United Kingdom (56%), United States (17%), France (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Carol Reed, Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill

Linked to: 20th Century Fox, Mayerling Incident, National Film Finance Corporation, Jews

 

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Alexander Korda was born in 1893 add something


1919

Korda was married three times, first to Hungarian actress María Corda in 1919 add something

 

Korda was arrested in October 1919 during the White Terror that followed the overthrow of the Communist government add something

 

Karl Hartl - Born in Vienna , Hartl began his film career at the Austrian Sascha-Film company of Alexander Kolowrat and from 1919 was assistant to the Hungarian director Alexander Korda

 

Maria Corda - Her first role was in "Se ki, se be" in 1919, directed by Alexander Korda


1923

Paul Fejos - Just as other prominent Hungarian filmmakers like Michael Curtiz and Alexander Korda had done, Fejos left Hungary in 1923 to escape the White Terror and the Horthy regime

 

La Dame de chez Maxim (play) - Other adaptations, in three different languages, include a 1923 Italian film and a 1933 British version "The Girl from Maxim's" directed by Alexander Korda


1926

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" add something


1927

The first American film Korda made, in 1927, was a drama titled "The Stolen Bride" add something


1930

They had one son, Peter Vincent Korda, and divorced in 1930 add something

 

This led to the collapse of their marriage and they divorced in 1930 add something

 

Jack Hawkins - Although he had appeared in several films during the 1930s, it was only after World War II that he began to build a successful career in the cinema; he signed a three-year film contract with Alexander Korda and later switched to Rank, ceasing to appear on the stage after 1951

 

Muir Mathieson - In the 1930s he became head of the music department for Alexander Korda at Denham Film Studios; Mathieson being one of only three heads of Departments at London Films who were British


1931

Marcel Pagnol - This was directed by Alexander Korda and released on 10 October 1931


1932

In 1932 Korda founded London Films with Big Ben as the company logo add something

 

Compton Bennett - One of these early films helped him land a job at Alexander Korda's London Films in 1932


1933

Wendy Barrie - Barrie went on to make a number of motion pictures for London Films under the Korda brothers, Alexander and Zoltan, the best known of which is 1933's "The Private Life of Henry VIII", which starred Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Merle Oberon, and Elsa Lanchester

 

Charles Laughton - His association with film director Alexander Korda began in 1933 with The Private Life of Henry VIII, for which Laughton won an Academy Award, the first British actor to do so.


1934

Catherine Parr - Catherine first appeared in cinemas in 1934, in Alexander Korda's film "The Private Life of Henry VIII"

 

Julian Huxley - In 1934 Huxley collaborated with the naturalist Ronald Lockley to create for Alexander Korda the world's first natural history documentary "The Private Life of the Gannets"

 

Margaretta Scott - Scott's screen career began in 1934 when she made an uncredited appearance in Alexander Korda's "The Private Life of Don Juan"

 

Rowland Brown - The legendary Hungarian director, Alexander Korda was attempting to make British films distinguishable from American films, and in 1934 he invited the image-oriented Brown to direct "The Scarlet Pimpernel


1935

Nina Mae McKinney - In 1935, she appeared in "Sanders of the River" directed by Alexander Korda

 

London Symphony Orchestra - In March 1935 the LSO recorded Arthur Bliss's incidental music for Alexander Korda's film "Things to Come"


1936

Korda was an important contributor to the 1936 Moyne Commission formed to protect British film production from competition, mainly from the United States add something

 

London Film's Denham Film Studios was financed by the Prudential and opened in 1936 add something

 

Margaretta Scott - Thereafter she reprised her stage role of Leonora Stafford in the film version of the Ben Travers' Aldwych farce "Dirty Work" with Robertson Hare and Ralph Lynn and appeared in Herbert Wilcox's "Peg of Old Drury" with Anna Neagle before again joining Alexander Korda in 1936


1937

In 1937, Korda retained Brian Hurst to direct a resurrected project, "Lawrence of Arabia" add something

 

Victor Saville - In 1937 he left to set up his own production company, Victor Saville Productions, and made three pictures for Alexander Korda's London Films at Denham studios


1938

A screenplay, co-written by Hurst, Miles Malleson, and Duncan Guthrie, was completed in October 1938 add something

 

Sabu Dastagir - In 1938 producer Alexander Korda commissioned A. E. W. Mason to script "The Drum" as a starring vehicle for the young actor

 

Patricia Roc - Roc began as a stage actress, debuting in the 1938 London production of "Nuts in May", in which she was seen by Alexander Korda who cast her in a leading role as a Polish princess in "The Rebel Son"


1939

In 1939, he married film star Merle Oberon, but the marriage ended in divorce six years later add something

 

The 1939 novel "Nobody Ordered Wolves" features a mogul named Napoleon Bott who is closely modelled on Korda add something

 

Michael Powell - By 1939, Powell had been hired as a contract director by Alexander Korda on the strength of "The Edge of the World"


1940

Some of these films did well but others were expensive failures, and Korda was badly hurt by the trade war between the British and American film industries in the late 1940s add something


1942

Andre de Toth - De Toth went to England, spent several years as an assistant to fellow Hungarian émigré Alexander Korda, and eventually moved to the Los Angeles in 1942

 

Carol Reed - The first was Sir Alexander Korda in 1942, who was the producer of some of Reed's most admired films


1947

H. Montgomery Hyde - After the war, he became assistant Editor of the "Law Reports" until 1947 and was legal adviser to the British Lion Film Corporation, managed by Alexander Korda, up to 1949; in 1948 he published "The Trials of Oscar Wilde", a precursor of three more books about Wilde

 

British Academy of Film and Television Arts - BAFTA started out as the "'British Film Academy"', founded in 1947 by directors David Lean, Alexander Korda, Roger_Manvell, Laurence Olivier, Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell, Michael Balcon, Carol Reed, and other major figures of the British film industry

 

Diana Dors - Following her return to LAMDA, and having won over Principal Wilfred Foulis, she graduated in spring 1947 by winning the London Films Cup, awarded to LAMDA by Sir Alexander Korda

 

Paulette Goddard - In 1947 she made "An Ideal Husband" in Britain for Alexander Korda films, being accompanied on a publicity trip to Brussels by Clarissa Churchill, niece of Sir Winston and future wife of Prime Minister Anthony Eden


1948

A draft screenplay of what became "The Red Shoes" was written by Emeric Pressburger in the 1930s for Korda and intended as a vehicle for his future wife Merle Oberon add something

 

In 1948 Korda signed a co-production deal with David O. Selznick add something

 

In 1948 he received an advance payment of £375,000, the largest single payment received by a British film company, for three movies, "An Ideal Husband" , "Anna Karenina" and "Mine Own Executioner" add something


1949

David O. Selznick - In 1949, he co-produced the Carol Reed picture "The Third Man" with Alexander Korda


1950

During the 1950s, Korda reportedly expressed interest in producing a James Bond film based upon Ian Fleming's novel "Live and Let Die", but no agreement was ever reached add something

 

William Templeton (screenwriter) - At the height of his theatre career in the early 1950s, Templeton started to attract the attention of Hollywood and secured a series of contracts from major film companies including Sir Alexander Korda at London Films, Walt Disney, Desilu and Universal


1953

He married, lastly, on 8 June 1953, Alexandra Boycun, who survived him add something


1955

Mary Kerridge - For Alexander Korda in 1955, she appeared in Laurence Olivier's "Richard III"

 

Yoko Tani - This film, a war-time love story, had originally been a project of the British producer Alexander Korda, and was to have been directed by David Lean, who in 1955 travelled to Japan with author Richard Mason and cast Japanese actress Kishi Keiko as the female lead


Alexander Korda died in 1956 add something


1983

Luc Besson - Among Besson's *awards are the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film Critics Prize, Fantasporto Audience Jury *award-Special Mention, Best Director, and Best Film, for "Le Dernier Combat" in 1983; The Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon-Best Director-Foreign Film, for "La Femme Nikita", 1990; the Alexander Korda *award for Best British Film, "Nil by Mouth", 1997; and the Best Director Cesar *award, for "The Fifth Element", 1997


1986

London: Heinemann, 1986 add something


2007

Laurence Olivier - A 2007 biography of Olivier, "Lord Larry: The Secret Life of Laurence Olivier", by Michael Munn, claims that Olivier was recruited to be an undercover agent inside the United States for the British government by film producer and MI5 operative Alexander Korda on the instructions of Winston Churchill