James Ivory

  • James Ivory – Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978)

    James Ivory1971-1980DramaUnited Kingdom
    Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)
    Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978)

    This lighthearted romp through Royal India presents a world of Maharajas, palaces, imperiled art objects, and the foreign collectors who will stop at nothing to possess them. Peggy Ashcroft and Larry Pine star as two rapacious art collectors who come to the decaying Art Deco palace of a young Maharaja (Victor Banerjee) to examine a legendary collection of Indian miniature paintings. While vying with each other to get the pictures away from the royal couple—nicknamed Georgie and Bonnie as children by their Scottish governess—they must also divine the true motives of the Indian curator of the collection (Saeed Jaffrey), who, in league with the Maharaja’s beautiful sister (Aparna Sen), may be working against them. Amidst the backdrop of lavish tourist entertainments, Christmas parties, fireworks, and even an English ghost, a desperate game of palace intrigue will determine the ultimate resting place of the priceless paintings.Read More »

  • James Ivory – Autobiography of a Princess (1975)

    1971-1980DramaJames IvoryUnited Kingdom

    On the anniversary of her father’s death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory in her London apartment by having tea and showing a selection of home movies to her guest, her father’s old tutor Cyril Sahib (James Mason). The princess would like him to write a book about her father and the rich, colourful lifestyle of royal privilege that has now all but disappeared and is likely to be soon forgotten if it is not recorded for posterity.Read More »

  • James Ivory – Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

    Drama1981-1990James IvoryUSA

    Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.Read More »

  • James Ivory – The Europeans (1979)

    1971-1980DramaJames IvoryUSA

    This entertaining film, from a delicious early novel by Henry James, takes place in a New England Arcadia that stands for everything beautiful, pure, and good. Into this Eden come a sophisticated European brother and sister who turn up unexpectedly on the doorstep of their staid American cousins, the Wentworths. The fortune-hunting Eugenia (Lee Remick) and her high-spirited brother Felix (Tim Woodward) turn this Puritan world upside down.Read More »

  • James Ivory – Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)

    1961-1970DramaIndiaJames IvoryRomance

    Lizzie (Felicity Kendal) is an actress in a Shakespearean theater troupe that has seen better days. The troupe tours India to dwindling crowds who are less interested in all things British in the wake of Indian independence. When she has an affair with the Indian playboy Sanju (Shashi Kapoor), Lizzie feels the wrath of her disapproving father Tony (Geoffrey Kendal) and her mother Carla (Laura Liddell). Madhur Jaffrey plays the role of the Indian actress Manjula in this romantic drama with musical score from Satyajit RayRead More »

  • James Ivory – Howards End (1992)

    1991-2000DramaJames IvoryUnited Kingdom

    Quote:The pinnacle of the decades-long collaboration between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, Howards End is a luminous vision of E. M. Forster’s cutting 1910 novel about class divisions in Edwardian England. Emma Thompson won an Academy Award for her dynamic portrayal of Margaret Schlegel, a flighty yet compassionate middle-class intellectual whose friendship with the dying wife (Vanessa Redgrave) of rich capitalist Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) commences an intricately woven tale of money, love, and death that encompasses the country’s highest and lowest social echelons. With a brilliant, layered script by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (who also won an Oscar) and a roster of gripping performances, Howards End is a work of both great beauty and vivid darkness, and one of cinema’s best literary adaptations.Read More »

  • James Ivory – Maurice (1987)

    Drama1981-1990James IvoryQueer Cinema(s)United Kingdom

    Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for “the unspeakable vice of the Greeks,” Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Read More »

  • James Ivory – The Remains of the Day (1993)

    1991-2000DramaJames IvoryUnited Kingdom

    A rule bound head butler’s world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in pre-WWII Britain. The possibility of romance and his master’s cultivation of ties with the Nazi cause challenge his carefully maintained veneer of servitude.Read More »

  • James Ivory – Quartet (1981)

    Drama1981-1990James IvoryRomanceUnited Kingdom

    Marya Zelli finds herself penniless after her art dealer husband, Stephan, is convicted of theft. Marya accepts the hospitality of a strange couple, H.J. and Lois Heidler, who lets her live in their house…Read More »

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