The Films of James Ivory

Sprawling, intimate, romantic, heartbreaking — what in most directors' hands would be cumbersome are for James Ivory the purest forms of cinema. Shake off all preconceptions of a stodgy, Masterpiece Theater style and discover legendary actors at their best, production and costume design to die for, lush scores, and a reminder that, whatever your problems, they've been felt and considered.


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Heat and Dust

Cross-cutting between two generations, James Ivory’s sprawling epic of self-discovery is also a lush evocation of the prismatic and sensuous beauty of India. As she searches for answers to the mystery surrounding a long-ago affair between her aunt and an Indian prince, Anne becomes immersed in the local culture, the pull of the past simultaneously leading her into a clearer view of her own future.


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Howards End

One of Merchant Ivory's undisputed masterpieces, this adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic 1910 novel is a saga of class relations and changing times in Edwardian England. Margaret Schlegel and her sister Helen become involved with two couples: a wealthy, conservative industrialist and his wife, and a working-class man and his mistress.


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Maurice

Hugh Grant and James Wilby star in this gorgeous new 4K restoration of the Merchant Ivory classic, based on the E.M. Forster novel of unrequited love in pre-World War 1 England.


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Quartet

In one of her greatest performances, Isabelle Adjani plays the vulnerable but complicated West-Indian Marya, who, after her shady husband Stefan is imprisoned, finds shelter in the home of a manipulative and lecherous English art patron and his painter wife.


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Shakespeare Wallah

The feature that put Merchant Ivory Productions on the international movie map. Starring Shashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey, and Felicity Kendal, the film's inspiration lies in the real-life adventures of Ms. Kendal's family as a traveling theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule.


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The Bostonians

At a Women's Movement meeting, fiercely independent Olive becomes mentor to gifted young orator Verena  - who soon attracts the amorous attentions of Olive's Southern cousin Basil. A new restoration of this Merchant Ivory classic adaptation of the Henry James novel.


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The Europeans

The lives and routines of the puritanical Wentworth family are upended by the not-so-welcome arrival of their European cousins to New England one particularly golden autumn. A new restoration of this Merchant Ivory classic adaptation of the Henry James novel.


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