Mihály Kertész (Michael Curtiz) 
(1886-1962)
Academy Award winnig Hungarian film director.


He was born in Budapest under the name of Kertész Kaminer Manó. At the age of 17 he ran away from home to join the circus, afterwards he studied to become an actor.
His first movie was made in 1912. In the following year he took a study tour, to the studio of the prospering Nordisk in Denmark. While in Denmark he was working as an assistant and director, but he played the leading part of Atlantis, too. He returned to Hungary in 1914, where he recieved a job in the film studio of Janovics Jenő. During the WWI he served in the army, afterwards he moved to Austria at the time of the brief Hungarian Soviet Republic. Among his films shot in Austria and Germany, the most famous one is Sodom and Gomorrah (1922). Kertész emigrated to the United States in 1926 where he changed his name to Michael Curtiz. During his long career in Hollywood he shot more than 100 films. In 1943 he recieved the Academy Award for Best Director in honour of Casablanca. (Before he had been nominated three times for the same category.)



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New York Palace and New York Café opened their doors at the same time, in 1894. Originally, the Café was opened for an exclusive stratum of guests but it soon became the most popular meeting place of the city. The owner of the Café was Sándor Steuer at that time and the place used to be very famous for its musicians, playing Gypsy and martial music. According to the contemporary anecdotes, at opening day some Bohemians of Budapest threw the keys of the Café into the Danube so as to be open all day. Officially, it was considered to be a prestigious literary café from 1900 when Adolf Harsányi and his brother became the heads of the New York Café. The legendary chief waiter, Adolf Harsányi served not only coffee but ’kutyanyelv’ (long note paper) and blotting paper also. This was very useful for the literateurs. The main guests were writers, poets and artists, and the famous organization, the MIÉNK (Hungarian Impressionists and Naturalists) found its place there after 1907, their leader was Pál Szinyei-Merse. In the 1910s the theater and film industry choose the Café as a haunt: Sándor Korda, Mihály Kertész, Pongrác Kacsóh and Jenő Huszka gathered around the tables of New York.


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