Alexander Korda

Sir Alexander Korda (16 September 1893 – 23 January 1956) 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. The elder brother of filmmakers Zoltán Korda and Vincent Korda, Korda was born as Sándor László Kellner to a Jewish family in Pusztatúrpásztó in what is now Hungary (it was then a city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire), where he worked as a journalist. Korda became an important film personality through his film magazines Pesti Mozi and Mozihet. This led to inviations to write film screenplays. Korda's first film script was for Watchhouse in the Carpathians (1914). When the First World War broke out, Korda was excused military service in the Austrian Army because of his bad eyesight. Korda went to work at the Pedagogical Studio in Budapest and co-directed three films with Gyula Zilahy. Korda established a film company named Corvin Film, building it into one of the largest in Hungary. Korda was arrested in October 1919 during the White Terror that followed the overthrow of the Communist government.


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