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James Ivory

The main part of his few movies were filmed in the quarter of a century in which he worked closely together with the Indian producer Ismail Merchant and the German writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. His first films are all set in India and are very much influenced by the style of Satyajit Ray and Jean Renoir. After this period, he filmed three stories ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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The Remains of the Day
A Room with a View
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Howards End Director
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 2003 The Divorce
 1995 Lumière and Company (Documentary) (segment "Merchant Ivory/Paris")
 1992 Howards End
 1987 Maurice
 1983 Heat and Dust
 1981 Quartet
 1979 3 by Cheever (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
- The 5:48 (1979)
 1979 The Europeans
 1977 Roseland
 1972 Savages
 1970 Bombay Talkie
 1969 The Guru
 1964 The Delhi Way (Documentary)
 1959 The Sword and the Flute (Short documentary)
 1957 Venice: Themes and Variations (Documentary short)
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[on Ismail Merchant] He was absolutely my closest friend and my creative partner for all my productive life, apart from my very first films, which were documentaries before I knew him. Ismail was there to get everything going, keep an eye on things and make sure that we had everything we needed. He made sure the film was released properly and publicised properly. He was a genius at publicity and ... See more »


Earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Oregon in 1951. He donated his personal papers to the university in 2003. See more »

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