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A Hollywood Story: Hungarian Founders of the Movie Industry

MTI-Hungary Today 2023.09.08.

A documentary about the Hungarian founders of Hollywood movie production: the feature-length film Fox vs. Zukor – A Hollywood Story tells the story of the birth of Hollywood films through the life and rivalry of Adolf Zukor, founder of Paramount Studios, and 20th Century Fox’s eponymous studio founder, Vilmos Fried (William Fox).

Tamás Kollarik, associate professor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, one of the film’s creators, creative producers, and co-directors, and Sándor Takó, a lecturer at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, producer and co-director of the documentary, have been working for years to research, collect, and preserve the intellectual legacy of Hollywood Hungarians.

William Fox (born Vilmos Fried, 1879 – 1952) was a Hungarian-born American film producer, founder of the Fox Film Corporation and the Fox West Coast Theaters cinema network. Although he went bankrupt and sold his interests in 1936, his name lives on in the Fox Television Network and 20th Century Fox. Photo via Wikipedia

As they recall, the two experts have been preparing the Fox vs. Zukor – A Hollywood Story, a feature-length documentary that

recalls their lives and careers through the personal stories and recollections of the two studio founders who emigrated to America.

The movie also covers their sometimes open, sometimes covert rivalry with each other, during which they laid the foundations of Hollywood film production, made the first American feature films, and their studios won the first Academy Awards in film history.

Adolph Zukor (Hungarian: Czukor Adolf, 1873 – 1976) was a Hungarian-American film producer best known as one of the three founders of Paramount Pictures. He produced one of America’s first feature-length films, The Prisoner of Zenda, in 1913. Photo via Wikipedia

Tamás Kollarik and Sándor Takó embarked on their mission with the aim of introducing the lives of Hungarian-born Hollywood filmmakers to Hungarian and international audiences through books, films, and film music concerts.

For example, it will present previously unpublished biographies of such filmmakers as three-time Oscar winner Miklós Rózsa, five-time Emmy winner Gábor Csupó, Oscar winner Imre Pressburger, and Adolf Zukor and Vilmos Fried (William Fox), known as the Hungarian founders of Hollywood.

Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald, BAFTA-winning producer Andrew MacDonald, multiple Emmy-winning director and producer Gábor Csupó, and director Ádám Tősér are among the other directors who are helping to make the film.

Dr. Tamás Kollarik (L) and Gábor Csupó (R). Photo via Facebook/CineFest Miskolci Nemzetközi Filmfesztivál

The production of the film is supported by the National Film Institute with more than HUF 412 million (EUR 1.069 million) and is scheduled to be released in early 2025.

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Via MTI, Featured image via Pixabay

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