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Andrew Marton

Andrew Marton (born Endre Marton, 26 January 1904 Budapest, Hungary – 7 January 1992 Santa Monica, California) was a Hungarian-American film director, producer and editor. In his career he directed 39 films and television programs solo, and 16 as a second unit director, most notably the chariot race in Ben Hur. After high-school graduation in 1922 he was taken by Alfréd Deésy to Vienna to work at Sascha-Film, mostly as an assistant editor. After a few months, he rose the attention of director Ernst Lubitsch, who convinced him to try his luck in Hollywood. Marton returned to Europe in 1927, and worked as the main editor of the Tobis company in Berlin, and later as an assistant director in Vienna. He directed his first feature film, Two O'Clock in the Morning in 1929 in Great Britain. Following his famed adventurous spirit, he joined a German expedition to Tibet in 1934, where he filmed his emblematic movie, Der Dämon des Himalaya. Marton cited the fact that he was Jewish as a reason that the film could not be released with his name as director, citing a conversation he had had with Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

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