Sir Alexander Korda proved - with films like "The Thief of Bagdad", "The Four Feathers" and "The Third Man" - that you could make movies in England with all the glamour and international appeal of Hollywood. In his own life, he witnessed some of the most dramatic moments in the 20th century. In Hungary he took part in a communist revolution, in Berlin he witnessed the decadence of the Weimar republic. He was in Hollywood during the advent of sound and in London in the 1930s he set up a film empire. A fiend of Churchill, he spied for Britain and was knighted for his war effort. His personal life was equally colourful - his first wife Maria was mad and violent, his second was Merle Oberon, the star he created, and his many mistresses included Vivien Leigh. This book offers an understanding of Korda's complex character and of his lasting legacy to the world of film.

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