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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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Actor to Director

Actor to Director

(p.8) 2 Actor to Director
Michael Curtiz

Alan K. Rode

University Press of Kentucky

Kertész graduated from the Royal Academy of Theater and Art as an actor in 1906.Despite experiencing success onstage in provincial Hungary and in Budapest, he was unfulfilled as an actor and gravitated toward direction. It was the dawn of the new era of Hungarian cinema. Kertész quickly grasped that film was a medium that expanded the limitations of the stage. Because of a fortunate circumstance, he ended up directing the first Hungarian dramatic film,Today and Tomorrow. Kertész traveled to Denmark and acted in and became an assistant to the director August Blom on Atlantis (1913), an early European epic.He returned to Hungary and transitioned to film direction permanently. Articles written by Kertész in early Hungarian movie magazines are quoted.

Keywords:   Projectograph, Today and Tomorrow, Nordisk, Atlantis, August Blom

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