John Box


Production Designer

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
January 27, 1920
Died
March 07, 2005
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

This multiple Oscar-winning art director began his career as a draftsman for London films before moving up the ranks to assistant art director. He has entered films as an art director with "Zarak" (1956) and also worked on "Fire Down Below" (1957), "The Inn of Sixth Happiness" (1958) and "The World of Suzi Wong" (1959). Box began a multiple picture collaboration with director David Lean ...

Biography

This multiple Oscar-winning art director began his career as a draftsman for London films before moving up the ranks to assistant art director. He has entered films as an art director with "Zarak" (1956) and also worked on "Fire Down Below" (1957), "The Inn of Sixth Happiness" (1958) and "The World of Suzi Wong" (1959).

Box began a multiple picture collaboration with director David Lean as production designer for "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and went on to "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) and "A Passage to India" (1984). Noted for their detail and opulence, Box's designs have enhanced such features as "A Man for All Seasons" (1966), "Oliver!" (1968), "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971), "The Great Gatsby" (1974), "Black Beauty" (1994) and "First Knight" (1995). He has received a four Oscars for his work.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Travels with My Aunt (1972)
2nd Unit Director
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
2nd Unit Director

Producer (Feature Film)

The Looking Glass War (1969)
Producer

Art Director (Feature Film)

Travels with My Aunt (1972)
Production Design
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Production Design
Oliver! (1968)
Production Design
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Production Design
The Wild Affair (1966)
Production Design
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Production Design
Of Human Bondage (1964)
Production Design
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Production Design
Two-Way Stretch (1961)
Art Director
The World of Suzie Wong (1961)
Art Director
Our Man in Havana (1960)
Art Director
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Art Director
High Flight (1958)
Art Director
Tank Force (1958)
Art Director
Odongo (1956)
Art Director
Zarak (1956)
Art Director
The Cockleshell Heroes (1956)
Art Director
The Gamma People (1956)
Art Director
A Prize of Gold (1955)
Art Director
Man with a Million (1954)
Art Director

Art Department (Feature Film)

How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1958)
Set Design
Fire Down Below (1957)
Set Design

Production Designer (Feature Film)

First Knight (1995)
Production Designer
Black Beauty (1994)
Production Designer
Just Like a Woman (1992)
Production Designer
A Passage to India (1984)
Production Designer
The Keep (1983)
Production Designer
Sorcerer (1977)
Production Designer
Rollerball (1975)
Production Designer
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Production Designer

Production Designer (Special)

Murder By the Book (1990)
Production Designer

Life Events

1939

Served in British Army

1946

Began working in film as draftsman, then assistant art director

1956

First film as art director, "Zarak"

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) - Aqaba Peter O'Toole (title character) has intimated that he and colleagues (Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn) were less-than sober for the glorious raid on Aqaba, Jordan, actually shot in Spain, in David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - My Name Is For My Friends Remarkable tension and photography by Freddie Young, as Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and Tafas (Zia Mohyeddin) meet Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) in a famous scene from David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) - Did You Know Him Well? Joining director David Lean’s opening after credits, Peter O’Toole (title character) meets his end, then shooting a soundstage interior but real exterior of St. Paul’s, London, Anthony Quayle, Jack Hawkins and Arthur Kennedy among the mourners, from Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Passage To India, A (1984) - Chandrapore 12 A scene not from the E.M. Forster but from director David Lean’s derived screenplay, working on location, Adela (Judy Davis) has just decided against marrying her fiancè, the magistrate she’s come to India to visit, and undertakes a bicycle ride, wild with suggestion, in A Passage To India, 1984.
Man For All Seasons, A (1966) - Pray By All Means! Summoned to see Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles), Thomas More (Paul Scofield) makes no apology for not helping the king seek another divorce, in Fred Zinnemann's Best Picture Academy Award winner, A Man For All Seasons, 1966.
Passage To India, A (1984) - The Viceroy's On Board Director David Lean’s screenplay takes a predictably cinematic grip on the E.M. Forster novel, introducing Judy Davis as Adela Quested in1920’s London, Peter Hughes the P&O man, Peggy Ashcroft, as Mrs. Moore, mother of her betrothed, opening A Passage To India, 1984.
Passage To India, A (1984) - I Give Any Englishman Two Years Director David Lean finishes the train journey to fictional interior Chandrapore, introducing Nigel Havers as colonial official Ronny, greeting his mother (Peggy Ashcroft), his betrothed Adela (Judy Davis), his boss (Richard Wilson), then two locals central to the E.M. Forster story, Victor Banerjee and Art Malik, in A Passage To India, 1984.
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) - Your Gentle Czar Tender early sequence, 1904, as Nicholas Romanov, the last Russian czar (Michael Jayston), learns he has a son, and discusses names with the Czarina (Janet Suzman) in director Franklin J. Schaffner's Nicholas and Alexandra, 1971.
Man For All Seasons, A (1966) - Lord Chancellor The Chief Justice (Jack Gwillim) administers the most holy oath of office to the new chancellor Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) in an impressive single shot from Fred Zinnemann's A Man For All Seasons, 1966.
Man For All Seasons, A (1966) - Remember My Office! Newly appointed Chancellor Thomas More (Paul Scofield) suffers impertinence from suitor Roper (Corin Redgrave), daughter Margaret (Susannah York) and knave Rich (John Hurt) in A Man For All Seasons, 1966, from Robert Bolt's play.
Oliver! (1968) - I Want Some More The big moment, Mark Lester (title character) draws the long straw and asks the impermissible question, Harry Secombe and Peggy Mount as Mr. and Mrs. Bumble leading the Lionel Bart song, in director Carol Reed’s Best Picture-winning adaptation of the West End musical based on the Dickens novel, Oliver!, 1968.
Doctor Zhivago (1965) - When Your Mother Lost You Director David Lean's remarkable transition, from the opening in contemporary Russia, the meeting of Alec Guinness (as General Zhivago) and Rita Tushingham ("The Girl") to the dramatic funeral of her father's mother, in Doctor Zhivago, 1965.

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