Alexander Paal
BornMay 18, 1910
Died8 November 1972
  • Director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1935–1971

Alexander Paal (May 18, 1910 – November 8, 1972)[1] was a Hungarian film writer, director[2] and producer. He considered one of the directors who were strongly influenced by the medieval European era.[3]

Early life and education

Paal was born in Budapest on May 18, 1910.

He was once married to Hungarian-British actress Eva Bartok from 1948 to 1950.[4] According to the sources, Paal helped Bartok in escaping from communist-ruled Hungary by arranging a "passport marriage". Later, he arranged Bartok's travel to London and gave her the leading role in his film A Tale of Five Cities (1951).[5] The marriage was dissolved in the year 1951.


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