Arthur Max papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur Max papers
Date (inclusive): 1995-2005
Date (bulk): 2000-2010
Collection number: 1314
Creator: Max, Arthur
Extent: 6.7 linear feet of papers. 4326 production artworks
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Arthur Max papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Arthur Max, 2006-2015


Arthur Max is a production designer whose film career dates from 1984. Max's work as a commercial production designer brought him to the attention of film directors Ridley Scott and David Fincher. Since that time, he has worked with Scott on six films, including GLADIATOR (2000), BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001) and PROMETHEUS (2012). Max has been nominated for Academy Awards in the art direction category for GLADIATOR and AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Arthur Max papers span the years 1995-2005 (bulk 2000s) and encompass 6.7 linear feet. There are photographs, research, drawings and born-digital material related to the films, AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007), BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001), BODY OF LIES (2008), G.I. JANE (1997),GLADIATOR (2000), GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES (1984), KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005), PANIC ROOM (2002), PEARL HARBOR (2001), PROMETHEUS (2012), ROBIN HOOD (2010) and SEVEN (1995). There are also research materials and drawings associated with unproduced titles I AM LEGEND and TRIPOLI, the music video for Tina Turner's "Goldeneye," commercials for Austin Rover, Bacardi, British Airways, Capri Sun, Diet Pepsi, Electrolux, Foot Joy, Fosters Lager, Imperial Chemical Industries, Jeep, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Levi's, Miller, New Coke, Nike, Nissan, Opal Fruits, Perugina, RCA, and 7-Up. Also represented are drawings and photographs from Max's student work at the Royal College of Art.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files.

Indexing Terms

Max, Arthur--Archives.
production designers