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Stars Pay Emotional Tributes to Late Merchant

27 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A galaxy of stars, including Sir Anthony Hopkins and Ralph Fiennes, have paid emotional tributes to veteran movie producer Ismail Merchant, who died from a stomach-related illness Wednesday at the age of 68. Merchant garnered critical acclaim for Oscar-winning period films like Howards End and The Remains Of The Day, which he made with long-term Merchant Ivory partner James Ivory. Hopkins and Fiennes are devastated by the film entrepreneur's death, and credit him with inspiring them to approach movies in a more inventive and passionate way. Hopkins, who starred in Howards End and Remains of the Day, says, "I'm deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Ismail Merchant. He was the one and truly great maverick producer, a law to himself. He could charm the birds out of the trees, which had its very positive side and sometimes he could get you to work for nothing." Fiennes says of his time shooting Merchant's latest movie The White Countess, "Having just finished working with Ismail and James Ivory in Shanghai, I was full of admiration for their passion and commitment to the film we were making. There was no one like him." »

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Producer Ismail Merchant dies at 68

26 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Producer Ismail Merchant, whose adaptations of classic novels produced in collaboration with director James Ivory became virtually synonymous with literate, sumptuously appointed costume drama, died Wednesday in a London hospital. He was 68. He recently had undergone surgery for abdominal ulcers, according to Indian television reports cited by the Associated Press. Merchant, born in Bombay, India, was partnered with Ivory in Merchant Ivory Prods. for more than 44 years, making theirs one of the longest-running partnerships in independent cinema. Together, they created such lauded period dramas as the E.M. Forster adaptations Maurice (1987), A Room With a View (1985) and Howards End (1992) as well as 1993's The Remains of the Day, based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel. Merchant Ivory Prods. made more than 40 films, in the process earning 31 Academy Award nominations, including three for best picture. From the start, German-born screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a key member of the team as writer on most of their films. A Merchant Ivory Production came to describe an entire movie genre: the impeccably mounted literary costume drama. »

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Producer Ismail Merchant dies at 68

26 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Producer Ismail Merchant, whose adaptations of classic novels produced in collaboration with director James Ivory became virtually synonymous with literate, sumptuously appointed costume drama, died Wednesday in a London hospital. He was 68. He recently had undergone surgery for abdominal ulcers, according to Indian television reports cited by the Associated Press. Merchant, born in Bombay, India, was partnered with Ivory in Merchant Ivory Prods. for more than 44 years, making theirs one of the longest-running partnerships in independent cinema. Together, they created such lauded period dramas as the E.M. Forster adaptations Maurice (1987), A Room With a View (1985) and Howards End (1992) as well as 1993's The Remains of the Day, based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel. Merchant Ivory Prods. made more than 40 films, in the process earning 31 Academy Award nominations, including three for best picture. From the start, German-born screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a key member of the team as writer on most of their films. A Merchant Ivory Production came to describe an entire movie genre: the impeccably mounted literary costume drama. »

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Producer Ismail Merchant dies at 68

26 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Producer Ismail Merchant, whose adaptations of classic novels produced in collaboration with director James Ivory became virtually synonymous with literate, sumptuously appointed costume drama, died Wednesday in a London hospital. He was 68. He recently had undergone surgery for abdominal ulcers, according to Indian television reports cited by the Associated Press. Merchant, born in Bombay, India, was partnered with Ivory in Merchant Ivory Prods. for more than 44 years, making theirs one of the longest-running partnerships in independent cinema. Together, they created such lauded period dramas as the E.M. Forster adaptations Maurice (1987), A Room With a View (1985) and Howards End (1992) as well as 1993's The Remains of the Day, based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel. Merchant Ivory Prods. made more than 40 films, in the process earning 31 Academy Award nominations, including three for best picture. From the start, German-born screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a key member of the team as writer on most of their films. A Merchant Ivory Production came to describe an entire movie genre: the impeccably mounted literary costume drama. »

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Producer Ismail Merchant Dies at 68

25 May 2005 | IMDb News

Producer Ismail Merchant, who, along with James Ivory, brought such acclaimed literary adaptations as A Room with a View and Howards End to the screen, died Wednesday in London; he was 68. Reports on Merchant's death cited that he had been ill for some time and had undergone surgery for abdominal ulcers, and passed away at a London hospital surrounded by family and friends. Born in Bombay and educated both there and in New York, Merchant studied film at USC and early in his career produced and directed a number of acclaimed shorts. His film work brought him to the attention of New York's Asia Society, which commissioned him to make a documentary about Delhi. In India, he met American director James Ivory, and in 1961 the two embarked on a career together (both personally and professionally) that would result in more than 40 films; the first was The Householder (1963), based on the novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who, as their longtime screenwriter, was effectively the third "partner" in Merchant-Ivory Films. Initially, Merchant-Ivory was formed with the charter of making English-language films in India for international release, and their films reflected the conflicts between Indian and British culture. In the early '70s, they tentatively explored new territory . specifically 1920s Hollywood . with The Wild Party, but wouldn't find success outside of India-based films until 1979's The Europeans, based on the Henry James novel, which marked their first major literary adaptation. Small but acclaimed films followed, including Jane Austen in Manhattan and Heat and Dust, but Merchant-Ivory made a name for itself in the mid-'80s with two Oscar-nominated films: 1984's The Bostonians, featuring an Academy Award-nominated performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and their breakout hit, 1985's A Room With a View, the sublime adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel. The film made a star of a young ingénue named Helena Bonham Carter, established Merchant-Ivory as the highbrow literary filmmakers, and received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (it won three). Taking on Forster again, Merchant-Ivory made the groundbreaking gay-themed drama Maurice in 1987 before unsuccessfully trying on modern-day Manhattan in Slaves of New York. After that film, Merchant-Ivory returned to classic literary adaptations including Mr. and Mrs. Bridge and two back-to-back Best Picture nominees, Howards End (eight Oscar nominations and three wins, including Best Actress for Emma Thompson) and The Remains of the Day (also eight nominations). Merchant's remaining films, from Jefferson in Paris (1995) to Le Divorce (2003) were relatively well-received, but never achieved the heights of his previous films. No further details regarding Merchant's death were forthcoming, and a statement was expected to be released later in the day. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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Filmmaker Ismail Merchant dies in London

25 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Filmmaker Ismail Merchant, who with partner James Ivory became synonymous with classy costume drama in films such as A Room With A View and Howards End, died Wednesday. He was 68. Merchant died surrounded by family and friends at a hospital in London, Merchant Ivory Productions said. Merchant, who was born in Bombay but spent most of his life in the West, had been unwell for some time and recently underwent surgery for abdominal ulcers, according to Indian television reports. Merchant and Ivory, an American, made some 40 films together and won six Oscars since forming their famous partnership in 1961 with German-born screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Their hits -- especially E.M. Forster adaptations like A Room With a View and Howards End -- helped revive the public's taste for well-made, emotionally literate period drama. In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Merchant said Merchant-Ivory films worked because they captured great stories. "It should be a good story -- speak about a time and place that is permanent," he said. "It should capture something wonderful with some great characters whether it's set in the past or in the future." »

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