21 October, 2020

Long Playing Record

A galaxy of stars celebrates 35 years of Merchant-Ivory

Long Playing Record

FROM 1961 to 1991. From the black-and-white era to Technicolor times. From The Householder to The Proprietor. From raising funds for films to raising money for AIDS research. Merchant-Ivory Productions has come a long way. And today, 21 Academy awards, 35 years and over 20 films later, the Ismail Merchant-James Ivory-Ruth Prawer Jhabvala troika features in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest partnership in film history.

On September 17, when I finally meet Merchant, he tells me proudly that New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani had declared the day as Merchant-Ivory Day in the city, and that their movie, Surviving Picasso, would be screened at The Museum of Modern Art to coincide with the closing of the Picasso and Portraiture exhibition. Later, at Carnegie Hall where rehearsals for the evening are in progress, he remarks that if he were to look back over the last three decades of moviemaking, both in Bombay and New York, he would see this evening as one of the highlights of his career. "It’s going to be the greatest programme...



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