Thursday, March 28, 2013

Remembering Ladislas Fodor

Ladislas Fodor was born March 28 1898 in Budapest, Hungary. He was a Hungarian author and screenwriter. Fodor first worked as a journalist in Budapest and beginning in the early 1920s, wrote several comedies for the stage, which were also translated into German by Siegfried Geyer. One of his pieces was called “A csodadoktor” (1926). Since the early 1930s, several film adaptations of his works were released in Germany, Britain, France and the U.S. in particular.

Ladislas was living in Vienna, where he moved to in March 1938 after the "Anschluss" but had to leave because of his Jewish origin. Fodor immigrated to France and from there to the United States, where he was involved in Hollywood as a co-author of several screenplays.

In the 1950s, he returned to Europe and settled towards the end of the decade in the Federal Republic of Germany. Producer Artur Brauner put him to work again and again as co-writer on several of his projects, including in the elaborate two-piece “Die Nibelungen” and “Kampf um Rom”. Fodor wrote screenplays for four Euro-westerns: “Pyramid of the Sun God”,
“Shatterhand” (both1964), “The Treasure of the Aztecs” (1965) and “Who Killed Johnny R.?” (1966).

Ladislas died in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 1978. Today we remember Ladislas Fodor on what would have been his 115th birthday.

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