Alexander Korda

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Alexander Korda
Sándor László Kellner
BirthplacePusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Director, producer
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Korda, Alexander


(Sándor Korda). Born Sept. 16, 1893, in Túrkeve, Hungary; died Jan. 23, 1956, in London. English director, producer, and screenwriter.

Korda graduated from the Royal University in Budapest and worked as a journalist. In 1915 he began his career in motion pictures; he made commercial entertainment films and melodramas in Austro-Hungary, Germany, the USA, and France. He moved to England in 1931 and in 1932 founded London Films, a share-holding company whose films considerably raised the quality of production in English cinema. Korda is known as a director for The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Rembrandt (1936), and That Hamilton Woman (1941; released in the USSR as Lady Hamilton). Korda’s films are distinguished by brilliant acting, dramatic intensity, and lush sets and costumes; however, they often sacrifice realism for the sake of entertainment. Korda produced comedies, detective films, science-fiction films, and screen adaptations of literary classics.


Kolodiazhnaia, V., and I. Trutko. Istoriia zarubezhnogo kino, vol. 2: 1929–45. Moscow, 1970.
Kino Velikobritanii: Sb. st. Moscow, 1970.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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