Géza von Bolváry

Géza von Bolváry

Additional Names: Géza Bolváry (Weiterer Name); Géza Maria von Bolváry-Zahn (Geburtsname)
Regie, Drehbuch
*27.12.1897 Budapest, Ungarn; †10.08.1961 Altenbeuern

Biography

Géza von Bolváry-Zahn was born December 27, 1897, in Budapest as the son of an Hungarian industrialist and landholder. After graduating from school, he attended the Imperial Military Academy in Budapest. At the age of 17, he joined the Hungarian army and fought in World War I (Honved Hussars). After the war, he earned his living as a freelance journalist.

From 1919, he worked at the Star-Film company in Budapest, where he was initially hired as an extra and went on to become an actor and assistant director. In 1920, he made his debut as a director with "Ketarcu Asszony", starring Ilona Mattyasovszky, whom he married in 1923. Mattyasovszky later changed her name to Helene von Bolváry. In 1921, the couple founded a school for theater and film. One year later, however, they left Hungary for Vienna due to difficult working conditions in the crisis-ridden movie industry. Later on they moved to Munich.

Starting with his first German film "Mutterherz" (1923), Bolváry directed a total of 35 German and international movies until 1933, including "Der fesche Husar" ("The Bold Dragoon", 1928). Most of his movies were lightweight comedies featuring soon-to-be stars like Zarah Leander, Hilde Krahl, and Ilse Werner.

The operetta fairytale "Zwei Herzen im ¾ Takt" ("Two Hearts in Waltz Time", 1929) became his first worldwide success. The movie established a new genre: the Vienna sound film operetta, in which Bolváry remained successful. On the set of "Zwei Herzen im ¾ Takt" Bolváry met three people who were to become important companions in his future career: the actor Willi Forst, the writer Walter Reisch, and the composer Robert Stolz.

After rejecting an offer by the U.S. film company MGM, Bolváry continued to work in France, Austria, and Germany. In 1934, he represented his home country Hungary at the Venice Biennale with "Tavaszi Parade". During World War II, he continued to shoot innocuous entertainment films.

In 1948, Bolváry obtained the Austrian citizenship and got married for the second time. From 1947 until 1949, he worked at the Roman production company Cinopera. From 1950 until 1953, he earned his living as a freelance director, until he got an employment at the Starfilm company in Munich in 1954. In 1959, he celebrated a big success at the Vienna Volksoper with his first theater production "Gräfin Mariza".

Géza von Bolváry-Zahn died on August 10, 1961, in Altenbeuern near Rosenheim.

Filmography

1959 Schwarzwälder Kirsch
Director
 
1958 Hoch klingt der Radetzkymarsch
Director
 
1958 Ein Lied geht um die Welt. (Die Joseph-Schmidt-Story)
Director
 
1957/1958 Das gab's nur einmal
Director
 
1957 Es wird alles wieder gut
Director
 
1957 Schön ist die Welt
Director
 
1957 Hoch droben auf dem Berg
Director
 
1957 Zwei Herzen im Mai
Director
 
1956 Was die Schwalbe sang
Director
 
1956 Schwarzwaldmelodie
Director
 
1956 Das Donkosakenlied
Director
 
1955 Ja, ja, die Liebe in Tirol
Director
 
1955 Mein Leopold
Director
 
1953 Einmal kehr ich wieder...
Director
 
1953 Die Tochter der Kompanie
Director
 
1952 Fritz und Friederike
Director
 
1952 Meine Frau macht Dummheiten
Director
 
1951 Schwarze Augen
Director
 
1950 Hochzeitsnacht im Paradies
Director
 
1949 Wer bist Du, den ich liebe?
Director
 
1945 Die tolle Susanne
Director
 
1944/1946 Die Fledermaus
Director
 
1943/1944 Schrammeln
Director
 
1943 Ein Mann mit Grundsätzen?
Director
 
1942 Die heimliche Gräfin
Director
 
1942 Der dunkle Tag
Director
 
1941/1942 Schicksal
Director
 
1941 Dreimal Hochzeit
Director
 
1940 Rosen in Tirol
Director
 
1940 Traummusik
Director
 
1940 Ritorno
Director
 
1939/1940 Wiener G'schichten
Director
 
1939 Maria Ilona
Director
 
1939 Künstler der Pußta
Director
 
1939 Opernball
Director
 
1938/1939 Zwischen Strom und Steppe
Director, Screenplay
 
1938 Spiegel des Lebens
Director
 
1937/1938 Finale
Director
 
1937 Zauber der Bohème
Director
 
1937 Der Unwiderstehliche
Director
 
1937 Premiere
Director
 
1937 Lumpacivagabundus
Director
 
1936 Die Julika. Ernte
Director, Screenplay
 
1936 Mädchenpensionat. Prinzessin Dagmar
Director
 
1936 Das Schloß in Flandern
Director
 
1935/1936 Die Entführung
Director
 
1935 Es flüstert die Liebe
Director
 
1935 Stradivari
Director
 
1935 Stradivarius
Director
 
1934/1935 Frühjahrsparade. Ein Film aus Österreich-Ungarns Vergangenheit
Director
 
1934/1935 Winternachtstraum
Director
 
1934 Abschiedswalzer. Zwei Frauen um Chopin
Director
 
1934 Le chanson de l'adieu
Director
 
1933/1934 Toi que j'adore
Director
 
1933/1934 Ich kenn' Dich nicht und liebe Dich
Director
 
1933 Das Schloß im Süden
Director
 
1933 Skandal in Budapest
Director
 
1933 Pardon, tévedtem
Director
 
1933 Was Frauen träumen
Director
 
1933 Château de rêve
Director
 
1933 Die Nacht der großen Liebe
Director
 
1932 Ich will nicht wissen, wer Du bist
Director
 
1932 Ein Mann mit Herz
Director
 
1932 Ein Lied, ein Kuß, ein Mädel
Director
 
1931 Liebeskommando
Director
 
1931 Der Raub der Mona Lisa
Director
 
1930/1931 Die lustigen Weiber von Wien
Director
 
1930 Das Lied ist aus
Director
 
1930 Ein Tango für Dich
Director
 
1930 Der Herr auf Bestellung
Director
 
1929/1930 Zwei Herzen im 3/4 Takt
Director
 
1929/1930 Delikatessen
Director
 
1929 Vater und Sohn
Director
 
1929 Der Würger
Director
 
1929 Der Erzieher meiner Tochter
Director
 
1928/1929 Champagner
Director
 
1928 Der fesche Husar
Director
 
1928 Haus Nr. 17
Director
 
1927 Die Gefangene von Shanghai
Director
 
1927 Artisten (Im Zauberbann der Manege)
Director
 
1927 Der Geisterzug
Director
 
1926 Das deutsche Mutterherz
Director
 
1926 Die Fürstin der Riviera
Director
 
1926 Fräulein Mama
Director
 
1925 Die Liebe der Bajadere
Director
 
1925 Frauen, die vom Weg abirren
Director
 
1924/1925 Die Königsgrenadiere
Director
 
1924 Hochstapler wider Willen
Director
 
1924 Mädchen, die man nicht heiratet
Director
 
1923 Der Weg zum Licht
Director
 
1923 Wüstenrausch
Director
 
1922/1923 Mutterherz
Director, Screenplay
 

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