To commemorate the 151st anniversary of the birth of Adolph Zukor (born: Czukor Adolf), the founding father of Paramount Pictures, one of the world’s largest film studios, a ceremony was held in his home village of Ricse (northeastern Hungary).
On behalf of the Hungarian Hollywood Council, the Hungarian Film Academy and the Municipality of Ricse, a wreath was laid at the memorial plaque in the lobby of the local community center, reportsMagyar Nemzet. After welcoming remarks by Mayor István Vécsi, the great film mogul was remembered in a roundtable discussion moderated by Balázs Bokor, President of the Hungarian Hollywood Council.
The president stressed that without Adolph Zukor, the film world would not be what it is today.
Zukor had a fundamental influence on the development of film production and the history of the Hollywood film industry.
Márta Horváthné Fekszi, CEO of Origo Film Group, presented the workings of Europe’s second largest film studio and its role in today’s film industry. Zsolt Pozsgai, Béla Balázs Award-winning director, deserving artist, and Sándor Gerebics, film director and founding member of the Hungarian Film Academy, spoke about the current situation of independent Hungarian filmmaking, the impact of the Zukor heritage, the behind-the-scenes of film production, and the validation of their own methods and vision.
The participants visited the Adolph Zukor Memorial House, which opened in 2023, in the birthplace of the world-famous filmmaker.
Underlining the importance of Zukor’s legacy, the Hungarian Hollywood Council has declared January 7 as Adolph Zukor Memorial Day.
As it was previously reported by Hungary Today, a documentary is in production 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 Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Studios, and 20th Century Fox’s eponymous studio founder, William Fox (Vilmos Fried). The feature-length documentary 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.