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James Francis Ivory
(June 7, 1928 - living) U.S.A.

James Ivory



James Ivory was born in Berkeley, California, and studied Fine Arts at the University of Oregon and Graduated from in 1957 from USC School of Cinema-Television . He is best known for his collaboration with Indian producer Ismael Merchant. Ivory met Merchant when he went to India to make a documentary in 1960. They worked together for over thirty years... and they have lived together for nearly that long. The partners share a home in Claverack, NY.

On February 24, 2000, he and his partner Ismail Merchant were awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for their films' "visual beauty, mature and intelligent themes, shrewd casting and superb acting".

Merchant-Ivory Productions' best-known films are Shakespeare Wallah, The Europeans, Heat and Dust, The Remains of the Day, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's 1989 novel, and three adaptations of gay British novelist E. M. Forster's work, A Room with a View, the gay-themed Maurice, and Howard's End.

James Ivory

Director James Ivory (left), producer Ismail Merchant (center) and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ruth Prawer Hjabvala (right).
© Copyright 1995 - Merchant Ivory Productions


  • Four in the Morning (1953)
  • Venice: Theme and Variations (1957)
  • The Sword and the Flute (1959)
  • The Householder (1963)
  • The Delhi Way (1964),
  • Shakespeare Wallah (1965)
  • The Guru (1969)
  • Bombay Talkie (1970)
  • Adventures of a Grown Man in Search of Civilisation (1972)
  • Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls (1972)
  • Mahatma and the Mad Boy (1973)
  • Autobiography of a Princess (1975)

  • The Wild Party (1975)
  • Sweet Sounds (1976)
  • Roseland (1977)
  • The Europeans (1979)
  • Heat and Dust (1983)
  • The Bostonians (1984)
  • A Room With a View (1985)
  • Maurice (1987)
  • Slaves of New York (1988)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990)
  • Howard's End(1992)
  • The Remains of the Day (1993)
  • Jefferson in Paris (1995)
  • Surviving Picasso (1996)
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