Hungarians made their mark in the global film industry. They can be found in every profession on five continents, creating indelible art both as artists and technicians. The careers of directors, cinematographers, screenwriters, composers and actors working abroad have been extremely exciting yet frequently the Hungarian public knows little of them. These professionals left the country in several waves, frequently in the wake of traumatic turning points in Hungarian history, and often we find that their children and grandchildren continue to work in the film industry. We come across them in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London and many other filmmaking hubs, thus their oeuvres have enriched many cultures and represent a bridge between continents and eras. Understanding their works and preserving their memory are vital tasks, which is why we present their portraits in our online collection.

Lead image: Michael Curtiz instructs Joan Crawford during filming of Flamingo Road, 1949 (Source: NFI)