Alexander Korda

Director, Producer, Executive
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/16/1893 in Hungary

Filmography

Producer (53)

Smiley 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Storm Over the Nile 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Who Never Was 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Kid For Two Farthings 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Am a Camera 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Marianne de ma jeunesse 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Raising a Riot 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Richard III 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Summertime 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Constant Husband 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Deep Blue Sea 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Who Loved Redheads 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Teckman Mystery 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hobson's Choice 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Devil Girl From Mars 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Belles of St. Trinian's 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Green Scarf 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Heart of the Matter 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Between 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Captain's Paradise 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cry, the Beloved Country 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Cases of Murder 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Folly to Be Wise 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Miracle in Milan 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tales of Hoffmann 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Outcast of the Islands 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Seven Days to Noon 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Third Man 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Thief of Bagdad 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Four Feathers 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Elephant Boy 1936 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Who Could Work Miracles 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Things to Come 1935 (Movie)

(Producer)

Laughter 1929 (Movie)

(Producer)

21 Days (TV Show)

Producer

Catherine the Great (Movie)

(Producer)

Clouds over Europe (Movie)

(Producer)

Dark Journey (Movie)

(Producer)

Knight Without Armour (Movie)

(Producer)

Lydia (Movie)

(Producer)

Men Are Not Gods (Movie)

(Producer)

Over the Moon (TV Show)

Producer

Rembrandt (Movie)

(Producer)

Sanders of the River (Movie)

(Producer)

That Hamilton Woman (Movie)

(Producer)

The Divorce of Lady X (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ghost Goes West (Movie)

(Producer)

The Jungle Book (Movie)

(Producer)

The Private Life of Don Juan (Movie)

(Producer)

The Private Life of Henry VIII (Movie)

(Producer)

Vacation From Marriage (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (10)

Laughter 1929 (Movie)

(French and German-language versions) (Director)

The Private Life of Helen of Troy 1926 (Movie)

(Director)

Fire Over England (Movie)

(Director)

Madame wunscht keine Kinder (Movie)

(Director)

Rembrandt (Movie)

(Director)

That Hamilton Woman (Movie)

(Director)

The Private Life of Don Juan (Movie)

(Director)

The Private Life of Henry VIII (Movie)

(Director)

The Stolen Bride (Movie)

(Director)

Vacation From Marriage (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Michael Korda

Son

Alexandra Boycun

Wife
Married June 8, 1953 until his death Jan. 23, 1956

Maria Corda Actor

Wife
Married 1919 Divorced 1930

Vincent Korda

Brother

Zoltan Korda

Brother

Merle Oberon Actor

Wife
Married June 3, 1939 Divorced June 4, 1945

Milestones

1944

Resigned from MGM-Britsh

1942

Made head of newly formed alliance between London Films and MGM-British

1941

Moved back to England

1940

Formed Gloria Pictures and Romaine Film Productions

1940

Moved to USA

1939

Formed Alexander Korda Productions/Alexander Korda Films Inc.

1932

Formed London Film Production

1931

Signed contract with Paramount-British and moved to England

1930

Made one film for Fox before contract was cancelled; moved back to Europe

1927

Signed contract with First National and moved to Hollywood

1923

Moved to Berlin

1919

Moved to Austria after overthrow of the Bela Kun regime

1917

Bought Corvin production company

1914

Founded film magazine, MOZIHET

1909

Left school and worked full-time as a journalist

1906

Moved to Budapest after death of father

Changed name from Sandor to Alexander

Joined Pedagogical Studios, directed films for schools

Formed Corda Film Consortium/Korda Productions with wife Maria

Bonus Trivia

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Knighted in 1943.

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