ABRAMS, September 1991. Oversized Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #259074
From Shakespeare Wallah, the bittersweet tale of a wandering theatrical company in India, which established the company's reputation in 1965, to the richly detailed comic masterpiece A Room with a View in 1986, and the poignant Oscar-winning film Howards End in 1992, Merchant Ivory has provided audiences around the world with thoughtful and beautifully crafted features, documentaries, and shorts. Merchant Ivory is actually a collaboration of three remarkable people from three vastly different cultures: Ismail Merchant, the producer, born in India; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the screenwriter, born in Germany and educated in England; and James Ivory, the director, born in the United States. The Films of Merchant Ivory: Newly Updated Edition relates the tale of this singular thirty-five-year collaboration and includes informative biographies of Merchant, Jhabvala, and Ivory, and synopses and analyses of each of their movies. Author Robert Emmet Long interviewed and observed Merchant, Ivory, and Jhabvala both on and off the set; he spoke as well with many of the actors and actresses who have starred in their films. The company also provided Long with access to its archives and large collection of superbly photographed stills and behind-the-scenes shots, with which this book is generously illustrated. In addition, both James Ivory and Ismail Merchant have provided marginal notes and picture captions, offering anecdotes and expanding on their story. A filmography provides complete production and casting details, release dates, and running times, and a bibliography lists the many articles that have appeared about this remarkable trio.
A Room with a View, Heat and Dust, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge...the acclaimed films of Merchant Ivory are celebrated in this generously illustrated volume, now fully updated, which provides a rare view of the 35-year film collaboration of producer Ismail Merchant, screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and director James Ivory. Merchant Ivory's films have long been distinguished by their literate character, superb ensemble acting, and refusal to bow to passing cinematic trends. This book, originally published in 1991, has been revised to include Merchant Ivory's most recent films -- Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Jefferson in Paris, Surviving Picasso, and The Proprietor -- as well as a discussion of their upcoming projects.-