Merchant, Ismail

Merchant, Ismail
▪ 2006
Noormohamed Abdul Rehman  Indian-born film producer and director (b. Dec. 25, 1936, Bombay, British India [now Mumbai, India]—d. May 25, 2005, London, Eng.), enjoyed a 44-year collaboration with American James Ivory during which they released some 40 films, including A Room with a View (1985) and Howards End (1992), each of which won three Academy Awards. With their tasteful intelligence, careful attention to detail, and high production values, Merchant Ivory productions—with Merchant as producer, Ivory as director, and their friend Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as screenwriter—came to be acknowledged as having defined the genre of literate period pieces. Merchant moved to New York City in 1958 to pursue a master's degree in business administration. He also began working on movie projects, and in 1960 he produced his first film, the short feature The Creation of Woman. It received an Academy Award nomination and was entered in the 1961 Cannes Festival. That same year he formed his partnership with Ivory, and in 1963 they released The Householder, adapted by Jhabvala from her novel of that name. Shakespeare Wallah (1965), gained the trio critical attention and success in art houses, but their first major hit did not come until 1983 with Heat and Dust. Notable among the films that followed were The Bostonians (1984), Maurice (1987), and The Remains of the Day (1993). At the time of his death, Merchant was finishing his work on The White Countess, (2005), and the team was working on the musical The Goddess.

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