I once asked actor Jay Karnes (FX’s The Shield, among others) if he had any designs on directing. He looked at me sarcastically, only to say he would much prefer to have a life. Karnes would continue to act, thank you very much. And he has. His response came...
When he was just 5 years old, James Ivory saw his very first movie at the Pelican Theater in downtown Klamath Falls. Although he remembers no details about the main feature from that afternoon, he vividly recalls the mayhem of the newsreel that preceded it. “I wonder if I acquired...
Above: James Ivory with Madeline Potter and Vanessa Redgrave on the set of The Bostonians (From the collection of James Ivory) Ask directors and they’ll tell you there’s actress A, B, or C (it could also be actor X, Y, or Z) they’re crazy to work with some day. Vanessa Redgrave was at the head of my list, and when Merchant Ivory started to think seriously about The Bostonians—or as soon as there was a script—we got in touch with her. She was our first choice for the part of Olive Chancellor, but she turned it down. This was the spring of 1981. Since we were in London, we asked her to dinner in order to talk about it, even though we knew she felt negative about the project.
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Film director James Ivory can spot a sublime setting. His films, which often are screen adaptations of acclaimed works of literature, have such a sense of place that the location is almost a character in an of itself. Think of the films he's created with Merchant Ivory Productions, among them...
Founded 60 years ago, Merchant Ivory Productions is essentially what Google is to the search engine, but for film adaptations of novels. When somebody says that they looked something up online, we just assume they “Googled it”; when you see a period drama set in the English countryside during the Edwardian era, you automatically assume it was produced by Ismail Merchant and directed by James Ivory.
"Solid Ivory: Memoirs" by James Ivory (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Film director James Ivory knows how to tell a story and engage an audience. His most popular and critically acclaimed costume dramas -- "A Room With a View," "Howards End" and "The Remains of the Day" -- earned him three Oscar nominations. So it is odd that the second half of the famed Merchant Ivory film company could write a foundering second half to his memoir.