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Zoltan Korda is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Hongrois born on 3 june 1895 at Túrkeve (Hongrie)

Zoltan Korda

Zoltan Korda
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Birth name Zoltán Kellner
Nationality Hongrie
Birth 3 june 1895 at Túrkeve (Hongrie)
Death 13 october 1961 (at 66 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Zoltan Korda (3 June 1895 – 13 October 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 filmmaking there and in London. They both moved to the United States in 1940 to Hollywood and the American film industry.

Biography

Comme ses frères Alexander Korda et Vincent Korda, également cinéastes, il commence sa carrière dans son pays natal où il réalise deux films muets (puis un troisième en Allemagne). En 1930, les trois frères Korda partent pour le Royaume-Uni, où ils fondent en 1932 la London Films. Zoltan Korda s'installe aux États-Unis en 1940, à Hollywood (avec son frère Alexander qui lui, reviendra ensuite au Royaume-Uni) et y intègre la United Artists. Surtout connu pour les films d'aventures de sa période britannique (ex. : Alerte aux Indes en 1938, avec Sabu et Raymond Massey), il réalise et produit encore quelques films américains (ex. : Le Livre de la jungle en 1942, avec Sabu et Joseph Calleia), avant de se retirer en 1955, affaibli par une tuberculose (dont il meurt en 1961).

Best films

Storm Over the Nile (1955)
(Director)
Jungle Book (1942)
(Director)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
(Director)

Usually with

Alexander Korda
Alexander Korda
(11 films)
Lajos Biró
Lajos Biró
(7 films)
Allan Jeayes
Allan Jeayes
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Zoltan Korda (18 films)

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Director

Storm Over the Nile, 1h47
Directed by Zoltan Korda, Terence Young
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Political films
Actors Anthony Steel, Laurence Harvey, James Robertson Justice, Mary Ure, Ronald Lewis, Ian Carmichael
Rating62% 3.101033.101033.101033.101033.10103
The film depicts Harry Faversham, a sensitive child who is terrified by his father and his Crimean War friends relating tales of cowardice that often ended in suicide. Young Harry follows his father's wishes of being commissioned in the Royal North Surrey Regiment. He also becomes engaged to marry the daughter of his father's friend General Burroughs.
Cry, the Beloved Country, 1h43
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about racism
Actors Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson, Geoffrey Keen, Joyce Carey, Michael Goodliffe
Rating69% 3.489093.489093.489093.489093.48909
In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son Absolom, only to find his people living in squalor and Absolom a criminal after committing murder. Kumalo's friend and fellow minister, Reverend Misimangu (Sidney Poitier) is a young South African clergyman who helps find Kumalo's sons and sister-turned-prostitute in the slums of Johannesburg. Both work together to confront the harsh reality of apartheid and what it is doing to both white and black South Africans.
A Woman's Vengeance, 1h36
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Charles Boyer, Ann Blyth, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Mildred Natwick, Cecil Humphreys
Rating66% 3.341383.341383.341383.341383.34138
Henry Maurier rebounds from the death of wife Emily by marrying his brother-in-law's mistress, upsetting another woman who is in love with him. Suspicions grow that Henry might have hurried along his wife's death with poison.
The Macomber Affair, 1h29
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, Robert Preston, Reginald Denny, Jean Gillie, Carl Harbord
Rating65% 3.2959253.2959253.2959253.2959253.295925
Margaret "Margot" Macomber (Joan Bennett) is unhappily married to Francis Macomber (Robert Preston). As their plane lands in Nairobi, Kenya, accompanied by Robert Wilson (Gregory Peck), a big-game hunter, Francis is dead from a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
Counter-Attack, 1h30
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Paul Muni, Marguerite Chapman, Larry Parks, Roman Bohnen, George Macready, Ludwig Donath
Rating67% 3.3885353.3885353.3885353.3885353.388535
In 1942, both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are gathering forces and supplies in one particular sector of the Eastern Front for a major attack. The Soviets are secretly constructing a bridge at night over a river. To avoid detection, it is being built underwater, just below the surface.
Sahara
Sahara (1943)
, 1h37
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Political films, Le désert, Guerre du désert
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, Frederick Worlock, Lloyd Bridges, J. Carrol Naish, Dan Duryea
Rating74% 3.7480853.7480853.7480853.7480853.748085
The crew of an M3 Lee tank, attached to the British Eighth Army, commanded by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart), and nicknamed Lulu Belle, become separated from their unit during a general retreat from German forces after the fall of Tobruk. Heading south across the Libyan desert to rejoin their command, they come across a bombed-out field hospital, where they pick up a motley collection of stragglers, among them British doctor Captain Halliday (Richard Nugent), four Commonwealth soldiers, and Free French Corporal Leroux (Louis Mercier). Halliday, the only officer, cedes command to Gunn.
Jungle Book, 1h48
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes L'adolescence, Films about adoption, Films about animals, Films about children, Le thème de l'enfant sauvage, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Mise en scène d'un ours, Films about snakes, Films about apes, Mise en scène d'un tigre, L'enfance marginalisée, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Reptile
Actors Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Rosemary DeCamp, Ralph Byrd
Rating66% 3.3458353.3458353.3458353.3458353.345835
In an Indian village, Buldeo, an elderly storyteller, is paid by a visiting British memsahib to tell a story of his youth. He speaks of the animals of the jungle, and of the ever-present threats to human life posed by the jungle itself. He then recalls his early life:
The Four Feathers, 2h9
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Political films
Actors John Clements, June Duprez, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, Allan Jeayes, John Laurie
Rating74% 3.746583.746583.746583.746583.74658
In 1895, the Royal North Surrey Regiment is called to active service to join the army of Sir Herbert Kitchener in the Mahdist War against the forces of The Khalifa (John Laurie). Forced into an army career by family tradition and fearful he might prove a coward in battle, Lieutenant Harry Faversham (John Clements) resigns his commission on the eve of its departure. As a result, his three friends and fellow officers, Captain John Durrance (Ralph Richardson) and Lieutenants Burroughs (Donald Gray) and Willoughby (Jack Allen), show their contempt of his perceived cowardice by each sending him a white feather attached to a calling card. When his fiancée, Ethne Burroughs (June Duprez), says nothing in his defence, he bitterly demands a fourth from her. She refuses, but he plucks one from her fan.
The Drum
The Drum (1938)
, 1h44
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Sabu, Raymond Massey, Roger Livesey, Valerie Hobson, Francis L. Sullivan, Desmond Tester
Rating63% 3.1940553.1940553.1940553.1940553.194055
During the British Raj, Captain Carruthers (Roger Livesey) works under cover to track smuggled shipments of arms on the restless Northwest Frontier of "India" (the modern day Pakistan-Afghanistan border). He fears a full-scale rebellion is brewing. To forestall this, the British governor (Francis L. Sullivan) signs a treaty with the friendly, peace-loving ruler of Tokot, a key kingdom in the region, which is described as four days' march northward from Peshawar. (The British held a fort at Abazai near this location, not far from the famous Takht Bhai ruins) Meanwhile, the king's son, Prince Azim (Sabu), befriends Carruthers and a British drummer boy, Bill Holder (Desmond Tester), who teaches him how to play the instrument.
Elephant Boy, 1h25
Directed by Robert Flaherty, Zoltan Korda
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Sabu, Walter Hudd, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Allan Jeayes, Bruce Gordon, Bruce Gordon
Rating64% 3.24853.24853.24853.24853.2485
Toomai (Sabu), a young boy growing up in India, longs to become a hunter. In the meantime, he helps his mahout (elephant driver) father with Kala Nag, a large elephant that has been in their family for four generations.
The Conquest of the Air, 1h11
Directed by Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies, John Monk Saunders, Alexander Esway
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary, Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Documentary films about historical events
Actors Laurence Olivier, Charles Frend, Frederick Culley, Franklin Dyall, Henry Victor, John Turnbull
Rating62% 3.142563.142563.142563.142563.14256
À partir d'images d'archives et de scènes jouées par des acteurs, ce documentaire retrace l'histoire de la conquête de l'air, des premières tentatives de s'élever au dessus du sol jusqu'à l'aviation au début du XX siècle.
Sanders of the River, 1h38
Directed by Zoltan Korda
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Leslie Banks, Paul Robeson, Nina Mae McKinney, Martin Walker, Charles Carson, Allan Jeayes
Rating55% 2.75812.75812.75812.75812.7581
Sanders (Leslie Banks) is a British colonial District Commissioner in Colonial Nigeria. He tries to rule his province fairly, including the various tribes comprising the Peoples of the River. He is regarded with respect by some and with fear by others, among whom he is referred to as "Sandi" and "Lord Sandi". He has an ally in Bosambo, a literate and educated chief (played by the American actor, Paul Robeson).