Foregoers - Arts

Paul Newman

(1925 – ) Oscar Winning Actor Newman was born as the second and youngest child of German and Hungarian parents in Cleveland, Ohio. His numerous acclaimed films include Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Hustler, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Verdict, Absence of Malice and The Color […]

Sándor Márai

(1900 – 1989) Writer He was highly successful in Hungary from the 1930s, published over books of novels and essays, survived Nazi occupation and had to flee in 1948. After a short stop in Italy, he emigrated to San Diego, California where he lived in obscurity, and committed suicide in 1989. Marai was an author of […]

Marton Csokas

(1966 – ) Actor Marton became an actor in 1989 after graduating from the New Zealand Drama School. His first movie role was in the 1994 movie Jack Brown Genius. Other film credits include XXX, The Monkey’s Mask, Broken English, Down and Under, Rain, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Poggle),  Lord of the […]

Zsa Zsa Gabor

(Sári Gabor, 1918 – 2016 ) Though officially an actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor is more famous as a whimsical celebrity sex symbol (the former Miss Hungary married nine times). Her credits include Queen of Outer Space, Moulin Rouge and a small role  in the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil. Eva Gabor (1920 – 1995) […]

Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka

(1853 – 1919) Painter His oeuvre consists of about one hundred paintings and twenty drawings – not too many, but his paintings were the first great summary of modern art in Hungary. His individual style – best illustrated by Trees in Electric Light  and Storm over the Great Hortobágy – was characterized by pantheism and expressive […]

Victor Vasarely

(Gy?z? Vásárhelyi, 1906 – 1997) father of Op Art He pioneered the visually disturbing effects that were later called Op Art. His paintings were characterized by their repeated geometric forms and interacting vibrant colors which created a visually disorientating effect of movement. Forms from nature were transposed into purely abstract elements in his paintings. During the […]

Ferenc Rofusz

Ferenc Rofusz Animator He received an Oscar in 1981 for his animated film The Fly (the first Hungarian Oscar for a cartoon).The film is a simple story about a day in the life of a housefly. The fact that the film is totally from the point of view of the fly, along with the building tension […]

Sir Alexander Korda

(Kellner, 1893 – 1956) Film Maker Together with his brothers Vincent and Zoltan  made his Oscar nominated film, The Private Life of Henry VIII, perhaps the most influential British film of all time. He became the first member of the film industry to be knighted.

István Szabó

(1938 – ) Director, Writer, Producer Istvan Szabo has emerged as one of the most important Hungarian filmmakers of the 20th Century. The Central European experience, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Warsaw Pact, is the key to the content of his films as well as their symbolic structure. He was catapulted to international success and […]

Vilmos Zsigmond

(1930 – 2016) Oscar Winner Cinematographer Zsigmond’s evocative look and “altering eye” found outlets in such masterpieces as Deliverance, The Rose, Maverick, The Crossing Guard  and The Ghost and the Darkness. His Academy Award came in 1977 for his powerful achievements on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The following year found Zsigmond’s dark […]

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