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Michael CurtizA Life in Film$
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Alan K. Rode

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813173917

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.001.0001

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A River Runs through It

A River Runs through It

(p.1) 1 A River Runs through It
Michael Curtiz

Alan K. Rode

University Press of Kentucky

Curtiz’s birth and early life in Hungary are delineated. Despite the numerous erroneous birth dates, some deliberately promulgated by Curtiz, his Christmas evening birthday of 1886 is verified by a birth certificate. Born as Mano Kaminer, he changed his name to MihályKertész to cloak his Jewish heritage while identifying himself as a Hungarian. The artistic role of pre–World War I Budapest, with its cultural incubator of coffeehouses—particularly the Café New York—is described in terms of its effect on the young Kertész. Transitioning from a circus roustabout to an apprentice actor, he was transfixed by the new technology of film and was determined to shape it into a new art form.

Keywords:   Budapest, Café New York, Café New York, MihályKertész

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