Production house Merchant Ivory has won six Oscars since director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant
first met in New York in 1961.
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
, who died yesterday aged 68, formed with James Ivory one of the most enduring partnerships in cinema history.
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.
As usual, the producer-director team of Ismail Merchant
and James Ivory, working again with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adapting of Henry James' novel, maintain the highest production standards, take their audience to impressive European locations, and communicate a sense of refinement and assured elegance.
Among the luminaries: Brooke Shields, Jon Voight, Gena Rowlands, Bryan Cranston ("Malcolm in the Middle'), REM's Michael Stipe, Stephen Dorff and director Ismail Merchant
and some of the cast of his Cotton Mary, one of several dozen films screened during the festival.
Jeanne Moreau, a great actress whose work spans several generations and more than one culture, stars as a writer with similar credentials, in a film from Ismail Merchant
- best known as the producing half of the Merchant Ivory team.
I'd like you to meet Ismail Merchant
, the producer.
In its premier issue, RAVE SQ features a ten-page editorial fashion spread with model Saira Mohan wearing the latest collections from Lanvin, Chloe, Prada, Balenciaga, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs; interviews with Mira Nair, Ismail Merchant
, and Apu from the Simpsons; articles by contributing editors, Sundaram Tagore and Kal Penn; and profiles on photographers, South Asian media moguls, upcoming artists, holistic living practices and travel destinations.
This triple-Oscar-winning 1992 period drama sees director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant
doing what they do best - lavish, nuanced productions based on the societal values of a bygone era.