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Sir Alexander Korda (September 16, 1893 - January 23, 1956) was a film director and producer, a leading figure in the British film industry and the founder of London Films. September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 1893 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A film producer oversees the making of movies. ... London Films was a British film studio founded in 1932 by Alexander Korda. ...


The elder brother of future filmmakers Zoltán Korda and Vincent Korda, Alexander Korda was born Sándor László Kellner in Pusztatúrpásztó in Austria-Hungary (now Hungary), where he worked as a journalist before going into films as a producer. He also worked in Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Hollywood, becoming director of United Artists. Zoltán Korda (June 3, 1895 - October 13, 1961) was a Hungarian-born motion picture screenwriter, director and producer. ... Austria-Hungary, also known as the Dual monarchy (or: the k. ... A film producer oversees the making of movies. ... Vienna (German: Wien [viːn]; Hungarian: Bécs, Czech: Vídeň, Slovak: Viedeň, Romany Vidnya; Serbian: Beč) is the capital of Austria, and also one of Austrias nine states (Land Wien). ... This article is about the city in Germany. ... The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... ... The current United Artists logo. ...


It was in Britain, however, that he made the biggest impression, and in 1932 he founded London Films and the studios at Denham 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 (1932), 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. 1932 (MCMXXXII) is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... London Films was a British film studio founded in 1932 by Alexander Korda. ... The Rank Organisation, a British entertainment company formed in 1937 and absorbed in 1996 by The Rank Group Plc. ... The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Charles Laughton as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Charles Laughton (July 1, 1899 - December 15, 1962) was a British-born American stage and film actor of partial Irish Catholic extraction. ... I, Claudius is a novel by Robert Graves, (ISBN 067972477X) first published in 1934, dealing sympathetically with the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesars assassination in 44 BC to Caligulas assassination in 41 AD...


In 1942, Korda became the first film director ever to be knighted. This article is about the year. ... The dignity of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. ...


Among his greatest successes as producer were The Four Feathers, (1937), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and The Third Man (1949). The Red Shoes was also originally meant to be a Korda film and was meant as a vehicle for his future wife Merle Oberon. It became a J. Arthur Rank film and was eventually made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger instead, starring Moira Shearer. Movie poster for The Four Feathers (2002) The Four Feathers is a 1902 adventure novel by British writer A.E.W. Mason which has been filmed several times. ... This is about the 1940 film starring Sabu. ... The Third Man (1949) is a film noir directed by Carol Reed. ... Helpmann, Shearer and Massine in The Red Shoes. ... Actress Merle Oberon in Berlin Express (1948) Merle Oberon (February 19, 1911 – November 23, 1979), born Estelle Merle OBrien Thompson, was a film actress, known for her sultry looks. ... Joseph Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank (December 23, 1888 – March 29, 1972) was a British industrialist and film producer, and founder of the Rank Organisation, now known as The Rank Group Plc. ... Michael Powell film-maker. ... Emeric Pressburger in Paris. ... Moira, Lady Kennedy (born 17 January 1926), known as Moira Shearer, is an internationally-famous ballet dancer and actress. ...


Alexander Korda was married three times, the first to Hungarian actress María Corda in 1919. They had one son and divorced in 1930. In 1939, he married Anglo-American film star, Merle Oberon but the marriage ended in divorce in 1945. His last marriage was in 1953 to Alexandra Boycun with whom he remained until his death three years later.


He died at the age of 62 in London and was cremated, his ashes at Golders Green Crematorium in London. Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ... Golders Green Crematorium and Mausoleum is one of the oldest crematoria in Britain. ...


The Alexander Korda Award for the "Outstanding British Film of the Year" is given in his honor by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...


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Alexander Korda (378 words)
Alexander Korda remains an elusive figure and there are still arguments over whether he should best be considered a charlatan or a visionary.
It was Korda's own favourite, but the downbeat story of an artist at odds with society was uncommercial, and with two flops in a row and large, new studios at Denham to run, Korda temporarily hung up his directorial hat.
Korda was knighted in June 1942 (for his contribution to the war effort).
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