Filmmaker Paul Fejos first worked as a bacteriologist for the Rockefeller Institute. He was born and educated in Budapest, where he stayed through WW I. Following service in the Hungarian military, he made a few films and then came to the U.S. Three years later in 1928, he left science and made an avant-garde feature-length silent film The Last Moment, an exploration of suicide. The low-budget film was well received and earned him a contract with Universal. One of Fejos' best-known films at Universal was Lonesome (1928) a partial-sound examination of loneliness in the city; the film was notable for its innovative camera work. Fejos returned to Europe during the early '30s and became a noted producer of scientific documentaries; he also continued to make the occasional feature film.