Foregoers

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 […]

André Kertész

(1894 – 1985) Acclaimed photographer One of the pioneers of “street photography.” With a small camera he captured the poetic and absurdity of ordinary life. A major force, he made his mark on different kinds of photography, making documentary an art form. Kertesz began taking pictures when he was sixteen. He was called to arms in […]

Robert Capa

(Endre Ern? Friedmann, 1913 – 1954) Acclaimed Photojournalist Capa left Hungary as a boy, lived in Paris in 1930’s and covered many wars: Spanish Civil War, China, WW II  and the French Indo-China war. He was killed after stepping on a landmine. His most famous photo is  the “Falling Soldier ” from the Spanish Civil War […]

Ferenc Molnár

(1878 – 1952) Playwright He was one of the many talented immigrants that were part of the “Hungarian Invasion” of New York Theatre. His play Liliom provided the plot for Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s famed musical Carousel. Some of his plays were adapted for the Big Screen, including The Swan, starring Grace Kelly, Charles Vidor, Alec Guiness, […]

Joe Eszterhás

(Jozsef E., 1944 – ) Screenwriter He is best known for his vicious, sexy, highly literate crime and mystery scripts: The Jagged Edge, Betrayed and the Sharon Stone starmaker Basic Instinct. Other credits include: Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film, Telling Lies in America, Jade, Showgirls, Sliver, Checking Out, Music Box,  Big Shots, Hearts of […]

George Pál

(1908 – 1980) Cartoonist – Winner of SIX Oscars As an animator, Pal was a pioneer of stop-action animation. George Pal’s Puppetoons earned him an Academy Award (Oscar) – the first of six in his career. He later brought to the screen such classics as H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (Oscar), The Time Machine […]

Harry Houdini

(Erik Weisz,1874 – 1926) Magician, Actor, Pioneer Pilot Houdini fascinated audiences with his great escapes and illusions for decades. He won awards in track and swimming and later used these talents as an escape artist. He was honored as first to fly a plane in Australia and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of […]

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