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Alexander Korda

(1893-1956), Film producer

Sir Alexander Korda (Alexander Laszlo Kellner)

Sitter in 13 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.

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Alexander Korda, by Anthony Wysard - NPG 6120

Alexander Korda

by Anthony Wysard
pencil and gouache, circa 1940-1956
NPG 6120

Alexander Korda, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(44)

Alexander Korda

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1949
NPG P490(44)

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII', by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135050

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII'

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 October 1933
NPG x135050

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII', by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135051

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII'

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 October 1933
NPG x135051

Alexander Korda; H.G. Wells, by Unknown photographer - NPG x198436

Alexander Korda; H.G. Wells

by Unknown photographer
gelatin silver print, 1935
NPG x198436

Alexander Korda; Merle Oberon, by Alexander Paal - NPG x137586

Alexander Korda; Merle Oberon

by Alexander Paal
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 10 January 1940
NPG x137586

Alexander Korda; Merle Oberon, by International News Photos - NPG x194012

Alexander Korda; Merle Oberon

by International News Photos
bromide press print, 22 September 1942
NPG x194012

Alexander Korda, by Unknown photographer - NPG x198397

Alexander Korda

by Unknown photographer
gelatin silver print, 1953
NPG x198397

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D312

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour and pencil, published 1937
NPG D312

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Alexander Korda

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1930s
NPG x19654

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Sue Mackie

22 March 2020, 18:46

Sir Korda in 1947 saved my mothers life by obtaining a drug for her that was not available in the Uk. He heard about my mother who at the time was 14 and was given 6 months to live due to kidney disease following a school trip and drank unpasteurized milk ! He saved her life my mum Julie Drake ( married name Davie)

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