Few Hungarian writers during the first half of the 20th century enjoyed as much popularity and success as Lajos Zilahy (1891 – 1974). He was a man of prodigious literary talents: he wrote poetry, short stories, plays, and novels. Journalism was another area which drew his attention and he served as the editor of several influential periodicals and newspapers.

Zilahy was among the first of the Hungarian writers to recognize the potential of the cinema as a creative medium. Popular and scholarly writings recounting the history of Hungarian film industry invariably credit Zilahy as the country’s first writer-producer-director. It was he who introduced Katalin Karády into the movies, the actress who remains one of the most iconic figures in the history of Hungarian cinema.

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