A scholarly, probing, altogether commendable biography of the dynamic producer-director who, almost single-handedly, resurrected the British film industry in the 1930's. Hungarian-born Sandor Laszlo Kellner worked as a film critic in Paris and a director in Budapest before founding his own production company in 1917. Having emerged as Hungary's top producer, he was soon compelled to flee his native country during the ""White Terror"" purge. Following an unsuccessful stint in Hollywood, Korda started again with London Films in 1931. Subsequently launched thanks to The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the ""benevolent autocrat"" had his hand in a number of quality productions--The Rise of Catherine the Great; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Rembrandt; Things to Come; The Fallen Idol; and The Third Man--until his death in 1956. The first movie mogul ever knighted, Korda is considered ""irreplaceable"" for the impetus he provided to British filmmaking. As a movie bio, this is something of a minor miracle in itself.