Géza von Radványi
|Géza von Radványi|
Radványi and his wife Maria von Tasnády
26 September 1907|
|Died||27 November 1986
Géza von Radványi (26 September 1907 – 27 November 1986) was a Hungarian film director, cinematographer, producer and writer.
Born Géza Grosschmid, he took the name Radványi from his paternal grandmother. His brother was the writer Sándor Márai. Géza von Radványi made his debut in journalism before moving to cinema in 1941. He aimed to create a popular cinema in the 1950s and 1960s that would rival Hollywood studios, due to European coproductions.
He began at the end of the 1940s, with Valahol Európában and Women Without Names, neorealist dramas with no concession to the ravages of war and the postwar period. During the 1950s, Radványi changed his style: L'Étrange Désir de monsieur Bard, with Michel Simon and Geneviève Page (1953), and, above all, the success of his remake of Mädchen in Uniform with Lilli Palmer, Marthe Mercadier and the young rising star, Romy Schneider (1958). He also made in the same decade Douze heures d'horloge, a thriller based on a script by Boileau and Narcejac, with Lino Ventura and Laurent Terzieff, as well as a slapstick comedy, Mademoiselle Ange with Romy Schneider and Henri Vidal (1959).
During the 1960s, he became both more ambitious and more bankable, making 70 mm coproductions like, Onkel Toms Hütte with Mylène Demongeot and Herbert Lom (1965), and Der Kongreß amüsiert sich with Lilli Palmer, Curd Jürgens, Paul Meurisse and Françoise Arnoul (1966), both of which were rather unsuccessful.
In contrast, he surprisingly wrote the script for the successful film produced by Louis de Funès, L'homme orchestre, directed by Serge Korber (1970). His 1961 film Das Riesenrad was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival. His 1965 film Uncle Tom's Cabin was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
Géza von Radványi ended his career with a modest production made in his home country, Circus Maximus (1980).
- 1940: Sarajevo
- 1947 : Valahol Európában with Artúr Somlay and Miklós Gábor
- 1950 : Women Without Names with Simone Simon and Françoise Rosay
- 1953 : L'Étrange Désir de monsieur Bard, with Michel Simon and Geneviève Page
- 1955 : Mädchen ohne Grenzen
- 1955 : Ingrid – Die Geschichte eines Fotomodells
- 1957 : Das Schloß in Tirol with Karlheinz Böhm
- 1958 : Der Arzt von Stalingrad with Mario Adorf, O. E. Hasse and Eva Bartok
- 1958 : Mädchen in Uniform with Romy Schneider, Lilli Palmer and Marthe Mercadier
- 1959 : Douze heures d'horloge with Lino Ventura, Laurent Terzieff and Hannes Messemer
- 1959 : Mademoiselle Ange with Romy Schneider and Henri Vidal
- 1961 : Und sowas nennt sich Leben with Elke Sommer
- 1961 : Das Riesenrad with Maria Schell
- 1961 : Diesmal muß es Kaviar sein with Jean Richard, Geneviève Kervine and Senta Berger
- 1965 : Onkel Toms Hütte with Mylène Demongeot, Herbert Lom and O. W. Fischer
- 1966 : Congress of Love with Lilli Palmer, Curd Jürgens, Paul Meurisse and Françoise Arnoul
- 1980 : Circus Maximus with Ági Margittay and Antal Páger
He published many crime novels under the pseudonym Géza Radvany :
- 16 Heures au Paradis, novel, Éditions de Trévise, Paris, 1974.
- Troubles, novel, Éditions de Trévise, Paris, 1975. ISBN 2711202895
- Les Otages de la nuit, novel, Éditions de Trévise, Paris, 1976. ISBN 2-7112-0314-X
- Chantage sur canapé, novel, Éditions de Trévise, Paris, 1978. ISBN 2-7112-0326-3
- Drames de dames, novel, Éditions de Trévise, Paris, 1980. ISBN 2-7112-0400-6
- René Barjavel:
Géza von Radványi est non-seulement un des plus grands créateurs du cinéma mondial, mais avant, et au-dessus, cet être rare, fabuleux, presque invraisemblable : un homme fraternel