Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In Her Words: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, The Woman Behind Merchant Ivory June 8-13 at the Quad

The Quad celebrates two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the woman behind Merchant Ivory's most beloved works, with a 12-film retrospective. Titles include: The Remains of the Day, A Room With A View, Shakespeare Wallah, The Guru, and more!

With James Ivory and Jhabvala's daughters Renana Jhabvala, Firoza Jhabvala, and Ava Jhabvala Wood in person at select screenings

The creative sobriquet of Merchant Ivory was coined, at the outset of what became nearly 50 years of storied moviemaking, from the surnames of director/screenwriter James Ivory and his partner and producer Ismail Merchant. Yet there would not have been Merchant Ivory as we came to know it without a third core collaborator, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who became far and away the team’s favored screenwriter. She was born in Germany of Polish and Jewish ancestry, and then raised in the UK in the 1940s; she and her husband would live both in his native India and in her New York working base. As this citizen of the world drew high praise for novels and short stories, she was asked to write the screenplay adaptation for Merchant Ivory’s first feature — and the rest is screen history. Jhabvala won two Academy Awards, for her E.M. Forster adaptations A Room with a View and Howards End, and was nominated again for The Remains of the Day. She was later made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Her screenplays cast a compassionate eye on the nuances of the human condition, quietly advocating for self-awareness while exhorting the excitement of exploration.

Image courtesy of Photofest
Autobiography of a Princess
James Ivory, 1975, UK, 60m, DCP
Le Divorce
James Ivory, 2003, U.S., 117m, 35mm
The Golden Bowl
James Ivory, 2000, U.S./France/UK, 130m, 35mm
The Guru
James Ivory, 1969, U.S./India, 112m, 35mm
Heat and Dust
James Ivory, 1983, UK, 130m, 4K DCP
Howards End
James Ivory, 1992, UK, 142m, 4K DCP
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
James Ivory, 1990, UK/U.S./Canada, 126m, 35mm
The Remains of the Day
James Ivory, 1993, UK/U.S., 134m 4K DCP
A Room With a View
James Ivory, 1984, UK, 117m, DCP
Shakespeare Wallah
James Ivory, 1965, UK/India, 120m, DCP
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
James Ivory, 1998, UK/France/U.S., 127m, 35mm
Surviving Picasso
James Ivory, 1996, U.S., 125m, 35mm

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