James Ivory in Conversation: How Merchant Ivory Makes Its Movies / Edition 1

James Ivory in Conversation: How Merchant Ivory Makes Its Movies / Edition 1

by Robert Emmet Long
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520249992

ISBN-13: 9780520249998

Pub. Date: 12/11/2006

Publisher: University of California Press


"From sensitive enfant terrible to playful elder statesman, James Ivory has carried a delicate candle of pure hedonism through the violent decades, sheltering it from every hostile wind which sought to extinguish it. One of the few to whom one can unhesitatingly apply the phrase "citizen of the world," he has spent a lifetime scattering beautiful moments across…  See more details below

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"From sensitive enfant terrible to playful elder statesman, James Ivory has carried a delicate candle of pure hedonism through the violent decades, sheltering it from every hostile wind which sought to extinguish it. One of the few to whom one can unhesitatingly apply the phrase "citizen of the world," he has spent a lifetime scattering beautiful moments across the continents."--Wallace Shawn

"James Ivory is one of our greatest living directors, and these pages, deliciously poised between diplomacy and indiscretion, brim with his vast experience of every nook and cranny of the film world. Offering precious insights into how the cinematic cultures of Europe, Asia and America, of Arthouse and Hollywood, came to be blended into a ravishingly beautiful body of work, Ivory also draws for us a vivid picture of what it really feels like to put together an independent movie. But perhaps most striking is the way this book illuminates the human face of film-making, and becomes a touching testament to the deep friendships - the bonds of trust, affection, professional respect - that have made possible the unique triumph that is Merchant Ivory."--Kazuo Ishiguro

"Robert Emmet Long's James Ivory in Conversation transforms what might have been a routine Q & A into a lucid film history told from the unostentatious matter-of-fact viewpoint of that least narcissistic of productive and creative directors, James Ivory, with 25 films to his credit in a career that has spanned more than 40 years. He has become almost inseparably linked with producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Jhabvala to form the most famous collaborative troika in film history. As Mr. Ivory's perceptively assiduous Boswell, Mr. Long deserves much of the credit for the felicitous outcome of the project. This is a must-read for all venturesome cineastes, particularly as a counterweight to all the reverse snobbery heaped upon the troika for succeeding commercially with serious and tasteful literary adaptations into film."--Andrew Sarris

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249998
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/11/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Janet Maslin     ix
Setting the Scene     1
The Early Years     27
Documentaries, 1952-1972     43
Venice: Theme and Variations
The Sword and the Flute
The Delhi Way
Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization
Feature Films
India     67
The Householder
Shakespeare Wallah
The Guru
Bombay Talkie
Autobiography of a Princess
Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures
Heat and Dust
America     117
Savages
The Wild Party
Roseland
The Europeans
The Five Forty-eight
Jane Austen in Manhattan
The Bostonians
Slaves of New York
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
England     197
A Room with a View
Maurice
Howards End
The Remains of the Day
The Golden Bowl
France     254
Quartet
Jefferson in Paris
Surviving Picasso
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Le Divorce
Index     329
Photography Credits     339

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