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Calendar, Night&Day The City of Your Final Destination

The City of Your Final Destination

James Ivory and cast make every scene flutter with feeling in this adaptation of Peter Cameron's 2002 novel, written for the screen by Ivory's collaborator-of-fifty-years, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Omar (Omar Metwally), an American PhD student, shows up unannounced at a…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Before the Rains</i>

Before the Rains

British plantation owner and colonialist extraordinaire Henry Moores (Linus Roache) fancies himself the cowboy of Kerala, cavorting around the jungle with his Indian mistress, Sajani (Nandita Das) as he makes plans to expand his operations by branching out into spices:…
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Film, Tarnished Ivory

Tarnished Ivory

With the release of The White Countess, the much-honored Merchant Ivory canon is complete. The Bombay-born producer Ismail Merchant died in May 2005 at age 68, and whatever direction his longtime collaborator and life companion, director James Ivory, now chooses,…
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Film, Thistle  Be the Day

Thistle Be the Day

Be not deceived by the Merchant Ivory name attached to Ratcatcher; those in search of repressed emotions among the corseted well-to-do will be in for a nasty shock. For this is a Scottish working-class film, and, like its compatriots The…
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Black Widow

There is no feast in Feast of July -- only misunderstanding and sorrow leavened with a little hope. The movie's gorgeous late-Victorian period costumes and restrained stylishness mark it as a Merchant Ivory production, but its tone is distinctively bleaker…
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