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Alexander Korda (1893-1956), Film producer
Sir Alexander Korda (Alexander Laszlo Kellner)
Sitter in 11 portraits
Born in Hungary, Korda made films in Vienna, Paris, Berlin and Hollywood before moving to Britain in 1931. The following year he founded London Films and began working on The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). The film turned Korda into the leading figure in the British film industry. With funding from the Prudential Insurance, Korda built the Denham Studios, which later part of the Rank Organisation. He made many successful films there: Rembrandt (1936), The Four Feathers (1939), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and The Third Man (1949). The Alexander Korda Award for 'Outstanding British Film of the Year' is given in his honour by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald