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Finding Aid for the Anton Grot Papers, 1920-1950
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Description
Antocz Franciszek Groszewski (1884-1974) was born in Kelbasice, Poland and came to the U.S., 1909. His film career began in 1913 when he was hired by the Lubin Company to paint and design sets. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1922. He worked on a variety of films and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards. The collection consists of materials related to Grot's career as a motion picture set designer and art director. Includes original sketches in pencil, charcoal, and water color as well as photographs of completed sets and sketches.
Background
Antocz Franciszek Groszewski was born in Kelbasice, Poland, January 18, 1884; attended the Technical College in Königsberg, Germany majoring in interior decoration, illustration, and design; came to the U.S., 1909; started his film career in 1913 when he was hired by the Lubin Company to paint and design sets; moved to Los Angeles in 1922; head of the Warner Brothers Studio Art Department (1927); worked on a variety of films such as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1938), Captain Blood (1935), The Sea Hawk (1940), and Mildred Pierce (1945); was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and in 1941 received a special Scientific/Technical Oscar for his invention of a water ripple and wave illusion machine first utilized in The Sea Hawk; retired 1948; died March 21, 1974.Anton Grot, motion picture art director, was head of the Art Department at Warner Brothers Studios from 1927-1948. Born in Kelbasice, Poland, and educated in Germany, Grot emigrated to the United States in 1909. He began his career in motion picture design when he was hired by the Lubin Company to paint and design sets. After working with directors such as Cecil B. DeMille and William K. Howard, Grot began his long association with Warner Brothers in 1927. He worked on a variety of films, including historical epics such as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1938), contemporary dramas such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and romantic adventure films, most notably Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940).
Extent
13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.) 6 oversize boxes
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.