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Pusztatúrpásztó, Hungary( Austria-Hungary)
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Alexandra Boycun (1953-1956)
Sir Alexander Korda (September 16, 1893 - January 23, 1956) was a Hungarian-born
film directorand producer. He was a leading figure in the British film industry and the founder of London Films.
The elder brother of future filmmakers
Zoltán Kordaand Vincent Korda, Korda was born as Sándor László Kellner of Jewish heritagecite news | last =| first =| coauthors=| title =Variety Club - Jewish Chronicle colour supplement "350 years"| pages=28-29| publisher =The Jewish Chronicle| date = 2006-12-15| url =| accessdate =2006-12-24 ] in Pusztatúrpásztóin Hungary( Austria-Hungary), where he worked as a journalist (supporting the Hungarian Soviet Republic) before going into films as a producer. He also worked in Vienna, Berlin, Parisand Hollywood, becoming director of United Artists. He worked closely with many artists on his films, including his Hungarian friend, painter and set designer Emile Lahner.
The first film Korda made in the United States, in 1927, was titled "The Stolen Bride". By 1932 he made 16 more films in the U.S. The last one, "Service for Ladies", was made in 1931 and released in 1932 after Korda had already relocated to London. In 1936 he became a British national.
It was in Britain, however, that he made the biggest impression, and in 1932 he founded
London Films, soon to build studios at Denham, financed by Prudential, which eventually became a part of the Rank Organisation. His films were lavish and (after the advent of colour) visually striking. They included " The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and "Rembrandt" (1936), both of which starred Charles Laughton, who was also to have appeared in the ill-fated "I, Claudius" (1937).
In 1942, Korda became the first film director ever to be knighted. Among his greatest successes as producer were "
The Four Feathers" (1939), " Q Planes" (1939), "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940) and " The Third Man" (1949). "The Red Shoes" was also originally meant to be a Korda film and vehicle for his future wife Merle Oberon. It became a J. Arthur Rankfilm and was eventually made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburgerinstead, starring Moira Shearer.
Korda was married three times, first to Hungarian actress
María Cordain 1919. They had one son, Peter Vincent Korda, and divorced in 1930. In 1939, he married film star Merle Oberon, but the marriage ended in divorce six years later. He married, lastly, on 8 June 1953, Alexandra Boycun, who survived him. Michael Korda, the author of a roman à clef about Merle Oberonpublished after her death entitled "Queenie", is Korda's nephew through his brother Victor.
Knighted for services to the film industry by King George VI.
He died at the age of 62 in
Londonof a heart attack and was cremated. His ashes are at Golders Green Crematoriumin London.
The Alexander Korda Award for "Outstanding British Film of the Year" is given in his honor by the
British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
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