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"What life stories! Adolph Zukor, a furrier from Vasarosnameny sporting a cutaway next to his countryman Mr. Fox in the company of elegant film-moguls. Or Anton Nagy, a serious, middle-aged gentleman modestly standing among the crew of an early film burlesque. Or Vilma Banky, whom a whole world adored until sound film swept her off the screen for her Hungarian accent. Leslie Howard, alias Laszlo Steiner, who is said to have been shot dead at Hitler's direct order near Gibraltar. Or Vincent Korda, flying on his brother's commission from Naples to London with Orson Welles, who is so angry at being found and having to act in The Third Man that sulkily eats up all the tropical fruit Vincent means for his brother as a present. Laszlo Szabo from Jaszbereny, teaching Belmondo and Brialy to speak Hungarian in Paris so that they sound authentic as Hungarian characters in a film by Chabrol. Or Geza Radvanyi: how many last returns of his had we seen before he came home to die? Who can Seffeddin Sevket Tibor Bey be? And who would have imagined that the 16-year-old emigrant (one of the two hundred thousand in 1956, later a wig manufacturer in Hong Kong) would become one of the greatest film producers in America and owner of the largest Hungarian film distribution company? How many life stories! Now they are together in this volume, nearly all of them. I say nearly, because even in the last days of editing, we are getting phone calls asking, "Do you know that so-and-so is also Hungarian?" What makes someone a Hungarian, anyway? The fact that they were born in Hungary? Or born of Hungarian parents? Or the fact that in spite of their vague bonds to the country, we still keep them in mind? There are many whose persons and successes we have ignored until recently. And there are others who do not feel the importance of the remote kinship any longer. Accept this volume as a tribute to you all, leading and supporting characters of the cinema of the world."
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Book Description Hungarian Film Union, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A very good copy, square and tight with no rips or splits, just a trifle rubbed. Contents sound and clean, not showing any pen-marks. Not from a library so no such stamps or labels. Thus a tidy book in presentable condition. Seller Inventory # 041263