James Ivory Moviesby J.M.Allen | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public
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1. The Householder (1963)
100 min | Comedy, Drama
A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami.
An early Merchant-Ivory work, fresher than their more recent fare.
2. Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)
120 min | Drama
The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face... See full summary »
Votes: 490 | Gross: $0.00M
Very delicate and lovely.
3. The Guru (1969)
G | 112 min | Comedy
Britain's top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar (musical instrument) from renowned maestro Ustad Zafar Khan. Tom is taken to Zafar's ... See full summary »
4. Bombay Talkie (1970)
GP | 112 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels. She's nearing middle age, she's had several husbands, she's lonely and ... See full summary »
5. Savages (1972)
R | 106 min | Fantasy, Comedy
An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for its innate barbarism.
The one-joke premise quickly wears thin
6. The Wild Party (1975)
R | 95 min | Drama, Comedy
An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.
7. Autobiography of a Princess (1975)
60 min | Drama
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... See full summary »
8. Roseland (1977)
104 min | Drama, Music, Romance
"Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner.
9. The Europeans (1979)
90 min | Drama, Romance
It's the mid-nineteenth century. Adult siblings Felix Young and Eugenia Munster were born and raised in Europe and have a somewhat bohemian lifestyle reflective of their travels throughout ... See full summary »
This is a film of perfect surfaces, but it doesn't develop characters we really care about.
11. Quartet (1981)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
Marya 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.
12. Heat and Dust (1983)
R | 133 min | Drama, Romance
Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,272 | Gross: $0.02M
13. The Bostonians (1984)
Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance
A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future.
Votes: 1,544 | Gross: $1.01M
A literary work with exquisite production values and a vivid portrait of class differences in Boston social life at the turn of the century.
14. A Room with a View (1985)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »
Votes: 32,765 | Gross: $20.97M
It is an intellectual film, but intellectual about emotions: It encourages us to think about how we feel, instead of simply acting on our feelings.
15. Maurice (1987)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance
After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Votes: 12,215 | Gross: $3.13M
Wilby cracks the character's genteel surface, releasing bursts of fear, pride, and relief. His Maurice is neither martyr nor saint, radical only in his choice to pursue happiness.
16. Slaves of New York (1989)
R | 124 min | Drama
Eleanor lives with the artist Stash. Just like his artist friends, he is completely unknown but is waiting for the big break. Stash is mean to her and finally she leaves him. Ironically, ... See full summary »
Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.46M
Downright odd -- and not in a good way.
17. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 2,479 | Gross: $7.70M
Excellent performances, but an uneventful story
18. Howards End (1992)
PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance
A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.
Votes: 23,475 | Gross: $25.97M
A superbly-mounted adaptation of E.M. Forster's tale of British class tension, with exceptional performances all round, Howard's End ranks among the best of Merchant-Ivory's work.
19. The Remains of the Day (1993)
PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.
Votes: 50,920 | Gross: $22.95M
Smart, elegant, and blessed with impeccable performances from Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, The Remains of the Day is a Merchant-Ivory classic.
20. Jefferson in Paris (1995)
PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,557 | Gross: $2.47M
The film is lavishly produced and visually splendid, like all the Merchant-Ivory productions, but what is it about? The movie tells no clear story and has no clear ideas.
21. Surviving Picasso (1996)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso, who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty, and move on with her life.
Votes: 6,203 | Gross: $2.00M
There is much to admire in “Surviving Picasso,” especially in Hopkins' performance and in the flashes that all of the supporting characters bring, but when it is over we are left with a weak conclusion.
22. A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
R | 127 min | Drama
This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story. Jones here is portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero and now successful... See full summary »
Votes: 2,132 | Gross: $1.76M
Especially heartfelt and truthful.
23. The Golden Bowl (2000)
R | 130 min | Drama, Romance
A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.
Votes: 3,914 | Gross: $3.04M
Coming from the Merchant-Ivory team, The Golden Bowl is visually stunning, but the filmmakers have difficulty in transporting the characterizations of the Henry James novel to the screen.
24. Le divorce (2003)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy
French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris.
Votes: 10,214 | Gross: $9.07M
A mixed bag of uneven tones that feels flat.
25. The White Countess (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance
Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.
Votes: 5,634 | Gross: $1.67M
High production values and fine performances get bogged down by a lifeless story that fails to engage the viewer.
26. The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance
Twenty-eight-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were ... See full summary »
A stellar cast can't elevate this leaden adaptation that, while just as beautiful as anything director James Ivory's made before, comes off as dusty and dry.