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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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Phönix Rising

Phönix Rising

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Michael Curtiz

Alan K. Rode

University Press of Kentucky

Kertész’s military service concluded in the summer of 1915, and he returned to making films. He marriedseventeen-year-old IlonkaKovaks, who changed her name to Lucy Doraine.Their daughter, Katalin, who would be known as Kitty, was born on November 25, 1915. Kertész and Doraine were self-absorbed, indifferent parents—the baby was raised by nannies. He reestablished himself by directing films with Kino-Ripert and is quoted about the creative supremacy of the film director. As the war began to sap the Hungarian economy, he was appointed executive producer of Phönix-Film, a newly formed film studio.He became an incredibly prolific filmmaker, producingThe Last Dawn (1917) and scores of other movies. His career paralleled that of his boyhood friend Sandor Kellner, aka Sir Alexander Korda. The personality differences between the two filmmakers prevented any genuine collaboration while preserving their lifelong friendship.

Keywords:   Lucy Doraine, Kino-Ripert, Phönix-Film, The Last Dawn, The Charlatan, Alexander Korda

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