James Ivory Movies

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1.
The Householder (1963)
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A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami. (100 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ An early Merchant-Ivory work, fresher than their more recent fare. ” - J.M.Allen
 
2.
Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)
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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays... (120 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Very delicate and lovely. ” - J.M.Allen
 
3.
The Guru (1969)
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Britain's top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar... (112 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
4.
Bombay Talkie (1970)
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Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels... (112 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
5.
Savages (1972)
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An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for its innate barbarism. (106 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ The one-joke premise quickly wears thin ” - J.M.Allen
 
6.
The Wild Party (1975)
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An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all... (95 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
7.
Autobiography of a Princess (1975)
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On the anniversary of her father's death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory... (55 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
8.
Roseland (1977)
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"Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner. (104 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
9.
The Europeans (1979)
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It's the mid-nineteenth century. Adult siblings Felix Young and Eugenia Munster were born and raised... (90 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ This is a film of perfect surfaces, but it doesn't develop characters we really care about. ” - J.M.Allen
 
10.
Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)
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Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old. (111 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
11.
Quartet (1981)
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Marya finds herself penniless after her art dealer husband, Stephan, is convicted of theft. Marya accepts the hospitality of a strange couple, H.J. and Lois Heidler, who lets her live in their house. (101 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
12.
Heat and Dust (1983)
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal... (133 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
13.
The Bostonians (1984)
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A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future. (122 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ A literary work with exquisite production values and a vivid portrait of class differences in Boston social life at the turn of the century. ” - J.M.Allen
 
14.
A Room with a View (1985)
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When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ It is an intellectual film, but intellectual about emotions: It encourages us to think about how we feel, instead of simply acting on our feelings. ” - J.M.Allen
 
15.
Maurice (1987)
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After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Wilby cracks the character's genteel surface, releasing bursts of fear, pride, and relief. His Maurice is neither martyr nor saint, radical only in his choice to pursue happiness. ” - J.M.Allen
 
16.
Slaves of New York (1989)
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Eleanor lives with the artist Stash. Just like his artist friends, he is completely unknown but is waiting for the big break... (124 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Downright odd -- and not in a good way. ” - J.M.Allen
 
17.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
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Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children. (126 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Excellent performances, but an uneventful story ” - J.M.Allen
 
18.
Howards End (1992)
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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ A superbly-mounted adaptation of E.M. Forster's tale of British class tension, with exceptional performances all round, Howard's End ranks among the best of Merchant-Ivory's work. ” - J.M.Allen
 
19.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
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A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Smart, elegant, and blessed with impeccable performances from Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, The Remains of the Day is a Merchant-Ivory classic. ” - J.M.Allen
 
20.
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
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One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president... (139 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ The film is lavishly produced and visually splendid, like all the Merchant-Ivory productions, but what is it about? The movie tells no clear story and has no clear ideas. ” - J.M.Allen
 
21.
Surviving Picasso (1996)
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The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso, who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty, and move on with her life. (125 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ There is much to admire in “Surviving Picasso,” especially in Hopkins' performance and in the flashes that all of the supporting characters bring, but when it is over we are left with a weak conclusion. ” - J.M.Allen
 
22.
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
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This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story... (127 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Especially heartfelt and truthful. ” - J.M.Allen
 
23.
The Golden Bowl (2000)
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A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend. (130 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Coming from the Merchant-Ivory team, The Golden Bowl is visually stunning, but the filmmakers have difficulty in transporting the characterizations of the Henry James novel to the screen. ” - J.M.Allen
 
24.
Le divorce (2003)
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French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris. (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ A mixed bag of uneven tones that feels flat. ” - J.M.Allen
 
25.
The White Countess (2005)
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Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family. (135 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ High production values and fine performances get bogged down by a lifeless story that fails to engage the viewer. ” - J.M.Allen
 
26.
The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
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Twenty-eight-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ A stellar cast can't elevate this leaden adaptation that, while just as beautiful as anything director James Ivory's made before, comes off as dusty and dry. ” - J.M.Allen