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John Box (1920–2005)

John Box was born on January 27, 1920 in Hampstead, London, England as John Allan Hyatt Box. He is known for his work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Man for All Seasons (1966). He was married to Doris Lee and Barbara Courtenay. He died on March 7, 2005 in Leatherhead, Surrey, England. See full bio »

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Known For

Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia Production Designer
(1962)
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago Production Designer
(1965)
A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons Production Designer
(1966)
Oliver!
Oliver! Production Designer
(1968)

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[on designing the Cardinal Wolsey scenes in A Man for All Seasons (1966)]: Fred Zinnemann's intention was to present Wolsey as power and authority. That, to me, meant a feeling of claustrophobia which would accentuate the character and power of Wolsey, and would involve the audience with Thomas More as he confronted the great man of his time. So we put Wolsey in a small room to emphasize his ... See more »

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In Lawrence of Arabia (1962), after filming the well scene when Ali (Omar Sharif) meets Lawrence, including the classic series of shots of Ali's long arrival from the horizon, David Lean said to John Box that the location Box had created was "the best bit of production design you'll ever do." Apart from the well itself, the design consisted solely of black paint "arrows" on the desert ground, ... See more »

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The Magician

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