Paul Fejos

Director, Anthropological researcher, Bacteriologist
Former theatrical director and set designer who made several features in Hungary before moving to New York in 1923 and to California three years later. His experimental, low-budget film "The Last Moment" (1927) earned ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1897 in Budapest, HU

Filmography

other (4)

Jungle of Chang 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big House 1929 (Movie)

(French and German versions) (Director)

Lonesome 1927 (Movie)

(Director)

Broadway (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Former theatrical director and set designer who made several features in Hungary before moving to New York in 1923 and to California three years later. His experimental, low-budget film "The Last Moment" (1927) earned him a contract with Universal and Fejos directed several features, including the highly regarded "Lonesome" (1928), before returning to Europe in the early 1930s. Ignoring demands from MGM that he return to Hollywood Fejos worked in France, Austria, Denmark and Hungary, both on features (most notably "Marie, a Hungarian Legend", 1932 and "Sonnenstrahl", 1933) and on anthropological documentaries. Married to actresses Mara Jankowsky (1921 to 1924) and Inga Arvad (1936 to 1942).

Relationships

Inga Arvad

Wife
married in 1936 divorced in 1942

Mara Jankowsky

Wife
married in 1921 divorced in 1924 star of his first Hungarian films

EDUCATION

studied medicine

Milestones

1940

Became director of research for the Viking Fund set up by industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren; named president 1955

1932

Returned to Hungary

1931

Joined Braumberg-Richebe in Paris as production supervisor

1929

Directed first sound feature, "Broadway"

1927

Directed first US film, "The Last Moment", experimental film about the visions of a suicidal drowning man

1924

Worked as staff bacteriologist with Rockefeller Institute

1923

Moved to USA

Became a producer of army theatricals on Italian Front during WWI

Made documentaries for Svensk Filmindustri in East Indies and New Guinea (1937-38), Siam (1939), Peru (1941)

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