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Also Known As: Sandor Korda, Sandor Laszlo Kellner, Sir Alexander Korda, Sursum Corda, Sir Alexander Korda Died: January 23, 1956
Born: September 16, 1893 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Hungary Profession: director, executive, producer, journalist

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As one of the preeminent filmmakers from England, director and producer Alexander Korda - who emigrated to the Isles from Hungary - was instrumental in putting British cinema on the international map. With his production company, London Films, Korda found success after a decade of making movies in Vienna, Berlin and Hollywood with "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1932), which launched the career of Charles Laughton as well as his own. From there, he produced successes like "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934) and "The Ghost Goes West" (1935), before directing Laughton in "Rembrandt" (1936), one of the most acclaimed biopics of all time. With war looming in Europe, Korda did his part in boosting the cinematic image of the British Empire with "Knight Without Armour" (1937), "Drums" (1938) and "The Four Feathers" (1939). He oversaw "The Thief in Bagdad" (1940), one of the all-time great children's classics, while back in Hollywood, he also produced Carole Lombard's final film, the comedy classic, "To Be or Not to Be" (1942). Returning to England, he bought a stake in British Lion Films and produced the Cold War classic, "The Third Man" (1949), and the excellent Shakespeare adaptation, "Richard III" (1955)....

As one of the preeminent filmmakers from England, director and producer Alexander Korda - who emigrated to the Isles from Hungary - was instrumental in putting British cinema on the international map. With his production company, London Films, Korda found success after a decade of making movies in Vienna, Berlin and Hollywood with "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1932), which launched the career of Charles Laughton as well as his own. From there, he produced successes like "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934) and "The Ghost Goes West" (1935), before directing Laughton in "Rembrandt" (1936), one of the most acclaimed biopics of all time. With war looming in Europe, Korda did his part in boosting the cinematic image of the British Empire with "Knight Without Armour" (1937), "Drums" (1938) and "The Four Feathers" (1939). He oversaw "The Thief in Bagdad" (1940), one of the all-time great children's classics, while back in Hollywood, he also produced Carole Lombard's final film, the comedy classic, "To Be or Not to Be" (1942). Returning to England, he bought a stake in British Lion Films and produced the Cold War classic, "The Third Man" (1949), and the excellent Shakespeare adaptation, "Richard III" (1955). Over several prolific decades, Korda earned his place in cinema history for playing a significant part in capturing a heroic image of the British Empire on celluloid.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) Director () Directo) (Uncredited)
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  An Ideal Husband (1947) Director
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  Vacation from Marriage (1945) Director
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  That Hamilton Woman (1941) Director
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  The Girl from Maxim's (1936) Director
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  Rembrandt (1936) Director
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  The Rise Of Catherine The Great (1934) Director () Directo) (Uncredited)
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  Wedding Rehearsal (1932) Director

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1906:
Moved to Budapest after death of father
1909:
Left school and worked full-time as a journalist
1914:
Founded film magazine, MOZIHET
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Joined Pedagogical Studios, directed films for schools
1917:
Bought Corvin production company
1919:
Moved to Austria after overthrow of the Bela Kun regime
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Changed name from Sandor to Alexander
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Formed Corda Film Consortium/Korda Productions with wife Maria
1923:
Moved to Berlin
1927:
Signed contract with First National and moved to Hollywood
1930:
Made one film for Fox before contract was cancelled; moved back to Europe
1931:
Signed contract with Paramount-British and moved to England
1932:
Formed London Film Production
1939:
Formed Alexander Korda Productions/Alexander Korda Films Inc.
1940:
Moved to USA
1941:
Formed Gloria Pictures and Romaine Film Productions
1942:
Moved back to England
1943:
Made head of newly formed alliance between London Films and MGM-British
1945:
Resigned from MGM-Britsh
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Notes

Knighted in 1943.

"Alex was a genius, a genuinely talented fake." --director Andre de Toth

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wife:
Maria Farkas. Actor. Married 1919-30.
wife:
Merle Oberon. Actor. Divorced 1945.
wife:
Alexandra Boycum. Married 1953.

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brother:
Zoltan Korda. Director, producer.
brother:
Vincent Korda. Production designer.
son:
Michael Korda.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Alexander Korda - The Man Who Could Work Miracles" Arlington House
"Charmed Lives: A Family Romance" Random House

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