January 2, 2017


Anatole de Grunwald (1910-1967) b. St. Petersburg, Russia.

Anatole de Grunwald

The son of a Czarist diplomat, Anatole de Grunwald was barely seven years old when his family fled the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Educated at Cambridge and the Sorbonne, de Grunwald worked for several years as a print journalist in Britain, turning to screenwriting in 1939. After functioning on the production staff of Two Cities Films, de Grunwald and his younger brother Dmitri formed their own independent production company in 1946, producing such films as Libel (1959), The Queen of Spades (1949) and Now Barabbas. Keeping his hand in the writing game, de Grunwald contributed to the scripts of many of his productions, including French Without Tears (1940), co-written with Terence Rattigan for Anthony Asquith, a collaboration repeated on Quiet Wedding (1940), The Way to the Stars (1945), While the Sun Shines (1947) and The Winslow Boy (1948). He was involved as writer with director Harold French on Jeannie (1941), Secret Mission (1942), The Day Will Dawn (1942) and English Without Tears (1944). Anatole de Grunwald’s final film efforts included the star-studded The VIPs (1963) and The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964).

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