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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

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

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.003.0001

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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