James Ivory

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
James Ivory began his career as a documentary filmmaker before teaming up with producer Ismail Merchant to make "The Householder" (1963). Based on a novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the film marked the first of the trio's ... Read more »
Born: 06/07/1928 in Berkeley, California, USA

Filmography

Director (31)

Richard II 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The City of Your Final Destination 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Golden Bowl 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Surviving Picasso 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Jefferson in Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured co-director(Merchant-Ivory) (Director)

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Howards End 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Maurice 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bostonians 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Heat and Dust 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Quartet 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Jane Austen in Manhattan 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Europeans 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Roseland 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Autobiography of a Princess 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wild Party 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Savages 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Bombay Talkie 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Guru 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Shakespeare Wallah 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Householder 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Venice: Theme and Variations 1956 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maurice 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Courtesans of Bombay 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Savages 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Savages 1972 (Movie)

(From Story)

Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bombay Talkie 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Guru 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shakespeare Wallah 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Venice: Theme and Variations 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (7)

Courtesans of Bombay 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sweet Sounds 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mahatma and the Mad Boy 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Savages 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Venice: Theme and Variations 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Noon Wine (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (1)

The Europeans 1978 (Movie)

Man in Warehouse (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Venice: Theme and Variations 1956 (Movie)

(Photography)

Biography

James Ivory began his career as a documentary filmmaker before teaming up with producer Ismail Merchant to make "The Householder" (1963). Based on a novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the film marked the first of the trio's features centering on the people and culture of India. The team's second effort, "Shakespeare Wallah" (1965), attracted international attention for its sensitive portrayal of a family of British touring actors and its insights into the legacy of colonialism. Merchant and Ivory went on to earn a reputation for quality films made on shoestring budgets, with their best work--heavily influenced by Satyajit Ray--examining the interplay between different cultures ("Bombay Talkie" 1970, "Heat and Dust" 1983).

Relationships

Hallie Millicent Ivory

Mother

Edward Ivory

Father
provided substantial backing for first MIP production "The Householder" (1963)

EDUCATION

University of Oregon

Eugene , Oregon 1951

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1957

Milestones

2000

Directed the period drama "The Golden Bowl"; released in USA in 2001

1998

Directed critically-acclaimed "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries", based on the autobiographical novel by Kaylie Jones, daughter of novelist James Jones; shared screenplay credit with Jhabvala

1997

Merchant-Ivory entered into production agreement with the UK-based Capitol Films

1996

Reteamed again with Hopkins for "Surviving Picasso"

1993

Directed Hopkins and Thompson in "The Remains of the Day", earning another Oscar nomination for Best Director; Christopher Reeve had featured role

1992

First collaboration with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, "Howards End"; garnered second Best Director Oscar nomination; Vanessa Redgrave also co-starred

1987

Directed second Forster adaptation, "Maurice"

1986

Breakthrough feature, "A Room With a View", based on the E.M. Forster novel; earned Best Director Oscar nomination

1985

US TV producing debut, "Noon Wine" (PBS)

1984

Second adaptation of James, "The Bostonians", featuring Christopher Reeve and Vanessa Redgrave

1981

Helmed and adapted (with Jhabvala) "Quartet" from the novel by Jean Rhys

1979

Feature acting debut as Man in Warehouse in "The Europeans"; first picture adapted form the work of Henry James; collaborated on screenplay with Jhabvala and directed

1975

Switched focus from India to America with "The Wild Party", evoking 1920s Hollywood

1968

First US-financed film, "The Guru", which he co-wrote with Jhabvala

1965

Co-wrote (with Jhabvala) and directed "Shakespeare Wallah", about a troupe of English actors travelling in India

1963

Feature directing debut (and first MIP production), "The Householder"; first collaboration with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala who adapted from her novel

1961

Met Ishmail Merchant at a screening of "The Sword and the Flute"; together formed Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP)

1959

Helmed the documentary short "The Sword and the Flute", featuring the sitar music of Ravi Shankar

1957

Produced, directed, wrote and photographed the documentary short "Venice: Theme and Variations"

1953

Directed, wrote, edited and photographed the student short "Four in the Morning"

With Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, wrote screenplay for "Le Divorce" (lensed 2002); also directed

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