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Zoltan Korda (June 3, 1895 – October 13, 1961) was a Hungarian-born motion picture screenwriter, director and producer. He made his first film in Hungary in 1918, and worked with his brother Alexander Korda on film-making there and in London. They both moved to the United States in 1940 to Hollywood and the American film industry.

Zoltan Korda
Born
Kellner Zoltán
(1895-06-03)June 3, 1895
Pusztatúrpásztó, Túrkeve, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
DiedOctober 13, 1961(1961-10-13) (aged 66)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1918–1955
Spouse(s)
Olly Szokolay
(m. 1921; div. 1924)​

(m. 1930)​
Children2
FamilyAlexander Korda (brother)
Vincent Korda (brother)
Michael Korda (nephew)
Chris Korda (great-niece)

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Born Zoltán Kellner (Kellner Zoltán, in Hungarian name order), of Jewish heritage, in Pusztatúrpásztó, Túrkeve, Hungary (then Austria-Hungary), he was the middle brother of Alexander and Vincent Korda, all of whom became filmmakers. Before leaving Hungary to work full-time in London with his brother Alexander, he (Zoltán) served in the Hungarian Army as a cavalry officer.

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As a young man, Korda went to work with his brother Alexander in their native Hungary and in the United Kingdom for his London Films production company. He functioned as a camera operator; for a time he worked in film editing and as a screenwriter. In 1918 and 1920 in Hungary, he directed two silent film shorts and a feature-length silent film in Germany in 1927.

In London, he made his English-language directorial debut with the sound drama Men of Tomorrow (1932). He gained wide respect for the adventure film Sanders of the River (1935), starring the American actor Paul Robeson and Leslie Banks. The film proved a significant commercial and critical success, giving Korda the first of his four nominations for "Best Film" at the Venice Film Festival. Korda and Robert Flaherty won the Venice festival's "Best Director" award for Elephant Boy (1937).

A former cavalry officer in the Common Army, afterwards in the Austro-Hungarian Army in World War I, Korda made a number of military action/adventure films, many of which were filmed in Africa or India. Of his directorial efforts, 1939's The Four Feathers, starring Sir Ralph Richardson, is considered his greatest cinematic accomplishment. Of lasting significance, the film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1939 Cannes Film Festival. In 2002 it was presented again by the Festival committee in retrospective.

In 1940, Zoltan Korda joined his brother Alexander in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Working through United Artists, he served as executive producer of The Thief of Bagdad. Zoltan Korda spent the rest of his life in southern California. He made another seven films, including the acclaimed 1943 World War II drama, Sahara (1943), for which he wrote the screenplay. It starred Humphrey Bogart. His films included A Woman's Vengeance (1947) with Charles Boyer and Jessica Tandy and the anti apartheid film Cry, the Beloved Country..

Korda married Olly Szokolay in 1921, divorcing in 1924. Korda married the British actress and dancer Joan Gardner in 1930. They were together until his death. They had 2 sons, David and Nicholas. The extended family's colorful history is the subject of a book by Zoltan's nephew Michael Korda, Charmed Lives.

Poor health, brought on years earlier from a battle with tuberculosis, forced Zoltan Korda's retirement in 1955. He died in 1961 in Hollywood after a lengthy illness. He was buried in the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery.

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  1. "Variety Club - Jewish Chronicle colour supplement "350 years"". The Jewish Chronicle. 2006-12-15. pp. 28–29.
  2. Korda, Michael (1999).Another life : a memoir of other people (1st ed.). New York: Random House. ISBN 0679456597.
  3. Resting Places
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Zoltan Korda Article Talk Language Watch Edit Zoltan Korda June 3 1895 October 13 1961 was a Hungarian born motion picture screenwriter director and producer He made his first film in Hungary in 1918 and worked with his brother Alexander Korda on film making there and in London They both moved to the United States in 1940 to Hollywood and the American film industry Zoltan KordaBornKellner Zoltan 1895 06 03 June 3 1895 Pusztaturpaszto Turkeve Austria Hungary now Hungary DiedOctober 13 1961 1961 10 13 aged 66 Hollywood California U S OccupationFilm directorYears active1918 1955Spouse s Olly Szokolay m 1921 div 1924 wbr Joan Gardner m 1930 wbr Children2FamilyAlexander Korda brother Vincent Korda brother Michael Korda nephew Chris Korda great niece Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Marriage and family 4 Filmography 4 1 Screenwriter 4 2 Director 5 Footnotes 6 External linksEarly life and education EditBorn Zoltan Kellner Kellner Zoltan in Hungarian name order of Jewish heritage 1 in Pusztaturpaszto Turkeve Hungary then Austria Hungary he was the middle brother of Alexander and Vincent Korda all of whom became filmmakers Before leaving Hungary to work full time in London with his brother Alexander he Zoltan served in the Hungarian Army as a cavalry officer Career EditThis section does not cite any sources Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed July 2015 Learn how and when to remove this template message As a young man Korda went to work with his brother Alexander in their native Hungary and in the United Kingdom for his London Films production company He functioned as a camera operator for a time he worked in film editing and as a screenwriter In 1918 and 1920 in Hungary he directed two silent film shorts and a feature length silent film in Germany in 1927 In London he made his English language directorial debut with the sound drama Men of Tomorrow 1932 He gained wide respect for the adventure film Sanders of the River 1935 starring the American actor Paul Robeson and Leslie Banks The film proved a significant commercial and critical success giving Korda the first of his four nominations for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival Korda and Robert Flaherty won the Venice festival s Best Director award for Elephant Boy 1937 A former cavalry officer in the Common Army afterwards in the Austro Hungarian Army in World War I Korda made a number of military action adventure films many of which were filmed in Africa or India Of his directorial efforts 1939 s The Four Feathers starring Sir Ralph Richardson is considered his greatest cinematic accomplishment Of lasting significance the film was nominated for the Palme d Or at the 1939 Cannes Film Festival In 2002 it was presented again by the Festival committee in retrospective In 1940 Zoltan Korda joined his brother Alexander in Hollywood Los Angeles California Working through United Artists he served as executive producer of The Thief of Bagdad Zoltan Korda spent the rest of his life in southern California He made another seven films including the acclaimed 1943 World War II drama Sahara 1943 for which he wrote the screenplay It starred Humphrey Bogart His films included A Woman s Vengeance 1947 with Charles Boyer and Jessica Tandy and the anti apartheid film Cry the Beloved Country Marriage and family EditKorda married Olly Szokolay in 1921 divorcing in 1924 Korda married the British actress and dancer Joan Gardner in 1930 They were together until his death They had 2 sons David and Nicholas The extended family s colorful history is the subject of a book by Zoltan s nephew Michael Korda 2 Charmed Lives Poor health brought on years earlier from a battle with tuberculosis forced Zoltan Korda s retirement in 1955 He died in 1961 in Hollywood after a lengthy illness He was buried in the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery 3 Filmography EditScreenwriter Edit Women Everywhere 1930 Director Edit The Eleven Devils 1927 co director Men of Tomorrow 1932 lost film Cash 1933 Sanders of the River 1935 Conquest of the Air 1936 co director Forget Me Not 1936 Elephant Boy 1937 The Drum 1938 The Four Feathers 1939 The Thief of Bagdad 1940 uncredited Jungle Book 1942 Sahara 1943 Counter Attack 1945 A Woman s Vengeance 1947 The Macomber Affair 1947 Cry the Beloved Country 1951 Storm Over the Nile 1955 co directorFootnotes Edit Variety Club Jewish Chronicle colour supplement 350 years The Jewish Chronicle 2006 12 15 pp 28 29 Korda Michael 1999 Another life a memoir of other people 1st ed New York Random House ISBN 0679456597 Resting PlacesExternal links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Zoltan Korda Biography portal Zoltan Korda at IMDb Zoltan Korda at the BFI s Screenonline Zoltan Korda at Find a Grave David Korda talks to a class of schoolchildren about his film making family son Nicholas V Korda at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Zoltan Korda amp oldid 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