Andres (Andras) Emerico Laszlo (von Keller) was born in Szinna, Hungary in 1910 and died in Evry, France in 1985. His mother was Baroness Ilona von Keller (d1966) and his father was Maximilian Leibrowitz) (d1931). The family later assumed the name Laszlo. His brother, Adalberto Laszlo, was a successful biochemist (d1972) and his son, Andres Ulf Laszlo was born in Lund, Sweden, in 1955. A well known author, Andres Laszlo’s fiction also inspired two movies. He is remembered mainly as a Spanish author, although born an Austro-Hungarian and nationalized French.
Biography Born the son of a Baroness who eloped with a travelling Theatre Impresario, much of Andres Laszlo’s youth was spent in Budapest where he hung around theatres, eking out his allowance by selling cigarettes on the ferries which navigated the waters separating Buda from Pest. He went to school in Budapest and eventually worked as an art critic, actor, stage manager, and stage director, as well as manager of a travelling thespian society. He left Hungary for Paris in 1938 where he attended Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts. Not returning to Hungary after the war, France and Spain were to become his homes. He later brought his mother, brother and oldest nephew from Hungary to live in Madrid. His later years were spent in Spain and France, making trips to Canada and the US to exhibit his art collections. In 1956 he bought a house in Evry, outside Paris. During the sixties and seventies he spent summers in France and winters in Spain. Laszlo had a great interest in art and he eventually ended up with two collections: Goya’s engravings and naïve Spanish art. Both collections were exhibited in Europe, Canada, U.S.A and Morocco.
Bibliography Die Mutter Meines Sohnes, Germany/Austria: Paul Zsolnay Verlag, 1958. Donde los Vientos Duermen, Spain: José Janés, 1952. Doña Juana, Don Juan, Juan y Juanito, Spain: José Janés, 1952. El Castillo de las Focas, Spain: José Janés, 1947. Los aguafuertes de Goya, Spain: Editorial Tartessos, 1946. La Rapsodia del Cangrejo, Spain: José Janés, 1948. Le Muchacho, France: Gallimard, 1957 Mein Onkel Jacinto, Germany/Austria: Paul Zsolnay Verlag ,1957. Mere Inconnue, France: Librairie Stock, 1958. Mi Tío Jacinto, Spain: José Janés, 1956. My Uncle Jacinto, Tokyo: Sogensha & Co, 1958. My Uncle Jacinto, U.S.A: Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc., 1958. My Uncle Jacinto, UK: Jonathan Cape, 1958. Paco el Seguro, Spain: José Janés,1956 Paco l’infaillible/Paco le Prolifique France: Editions Gallimard, 1959. Paco Never Fails, UK: Secker & Warburg. 1960. Pepote, Italy: Paravia, 1956. Sólo el Paisaje Cambia, Spain: José Janés, 1955.
There is at least one other theatre play, a mime that was staged with Marcel Marceau, and probably more which is lost, especially from his time living in Budapest.
Books turned into films My Uncle Jacinto was a Spanish-Italian co-production released 31st of May 1956. The movie was directed by Ladislao Vajda and Laszlo co-wrote the script. The movie starred Pablito Calvo and Antonio Vico. Calvo went on to win the Premio del Public in Berlin for his performance. The director and Laszlo were close friends and the screen-play remained faithful to the original text. Paco el Seguro was a French-Spanish co-production released 1979. Directed by Didier Haudepin, the screen-play was also co-written by Laszlo. Bloody Mary Productions were the main producer but Filmoblic, Lotus Films, Record and Tanagra were also involved. There were contractual disputes which resulted in the film’s lack of distribution outside Spain.