After meeting her future husband Cyrus in London, Jhabvala moved with him to his native India in the 1950s, where she was visited producer Ismail Merchant
and director James Ivory to ask if they could make a film of her 1960 novel 'The Householder.'
Forster's novel is arguably the best of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant
's run of period dramas, with strong performances from Helena Bonham Carter (pictured below), Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins.
This film was the final collaboration between James Ivory and Ismail Merchant
- and as befits the kings of period drama, it's an intelligent offering with a cracking cast.
Directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant
, the film has a star-studded cast including Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Julian Sands, Judi Dench, Helena Bonham-Carter and Simon Callow.
Producer Ismail Merchant
died in May last year aged 68.
In this final volume in his autobiographical trilogy on the British film industry (Rungs on a Ladder and A Take on British TV Drama), Neame shares insider observations on such stars as Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, and Ismail Merchant
. The book includes an answer key to chapter-end trivia questions, and a filmography.
Production house Merchant Ivory has won six Oscars since director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant
first met in New York in 1961.
A worthy swansong for the longstanding partnership between director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant
who died last year.
When it came out it was a big success and the late, wonderful Ismail Merchant
contacted me in London.
, film producer; born December 5, 1936, died May 25, 2005
He and his partner, Indian producer Ismail Merchant
, formed Merchant Ivory Productions and established what many considered to be the gold standard in literate cinema.
The 26th Cairo International Film Festival, held last October, received a global boost with new president Cherif El-Shoubashy and dynamic jury chief Ismail Merchant
, whose many films as producer-director were highlighted.