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Merchant, Ismail

Works: 215 works in 706 publications in 7 languages and 19,240 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Romance films  Historical films  Coming-of-age films  History  Comedy films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Fiction 
Roles: Producer, Author, Production personnel, Director, pmn, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Conceptor, Collector, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Howards End by E. M Forster( Visual )

57 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of the idealistic, independent and highly educated Schlegel sisters and their tangled relationships with a rich businessman and his family, and with an unhappily married young bank clerk
A Room with a View by James Ivory( Visual )

71 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on E.M. Forster's novel of requited love. A young, independent-minded, upper-class Edwardian woman who is trying to sort out her burgeoning romantic feelings, divided between an enigmatic free spirit she meets on vacation in Florence and the priggish bookworm to whom she becomes engaged back in the more corseted Surrey. Funny, sexy, and sophisticated, this film was a gargantuan art-house hit
The Remains of the Day by James Ivory( Visual )

41 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically perfect butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper in the employ of a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe
Le divorce by James Ivory( Visual )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Isabel Walker receives word that her pregnant stepsister Rosy has been left by her philandering French husband, artist Charles-Henri de Persand, Isabel travels to Paris to offer her help and moral support
Maurice by James Ivory( Visual )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

E.M. Forrester's story of two Edwardian-era Cambridge students that fall in love, but must make difficult choices between abiding by British society's strict norms regarding homosexuality and following through on their feelings
The white countess by James Ivory( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The golden bowl by James Ivory( Visual )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the early 1900's, Maggie is the daughter of American tycoon Adam Verver, who marries an improvished yet charming Italian aristrocrat, Prince Amerigo. Though a twist of fate, Adam marries the Prince's former lover, Charlotte. Maggie's suspicions deepen to a possible affair between the Prince and Charlotte, when Maggie makes the ill-fated purchase of a golden bowl. It becomes only a matter of time before Maggie unravels the truth from a world full of deception and lies
Jefferson in Paris by James Ivory( Visual )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mid-1780s, widower Thomas Jefferson replaces Benjamin Franklin as the U.S. representative to French regents Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. He tries to resist the beautiful Mrs. Cosway. Also in Paris is Jefferson's daughter Patsy; when another daughter dies back in Virginia, Jefferson sends for his youngest, who brings along her slave, Sally Hemings, then 15, whom he also finds irresistible
Heat and dust by James Ivory( Visual )

23 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1970s, a woman travels to India to find the truth about her great-aunt, who left her British husband for an Indian prince in the 1930s
The Bostonians by James Ivory( Visual )

16 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1876 Boston, the cause of female emancipation wrecks Verena Tarrant's relationship with the determined Basil Ransome
The Europeans by James Ivory( Visual )

19 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classic satiric about two fortune-seeking expatriates and their sober American relations
Shakespeare Wallah by James Ivory( Visual )

17 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The real-life adventures of a traveling theater group in India during the final days of English colonial rule. They try to uphold British tradition by staging Shakespearean plays but can't compete with the wildly popular Bollywood film industry
The ballad of the sad café by Simon Callow( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Amelia runs the town's only cafe and controls the locals through the careful distribution of her secretly brewed hooch. Her eccentric existence is threatned with the arrival of a dwarf who claims kinship and the reappearance of her rejected husband
Quartet by James Ivory( Visual )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quartet consists of novelist Marya Zelli, her Polish husband, Stephen, wealthy philanderer/artist H.J. Heidler and his wife, Lois. Though she has been indulgent of H.J.'s past indiscretions, Lois isn't keen on her husband carrying on an affair with Marya under their own roof. Meanwhile, Stephen sits in prison, jailed for his various petty thefts. Once Stephen is released, he learns about the triangle. When the dust settles, it is Marya who suffers the most
The mystic masseur by Ismail Merchant( Visual )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set amidst the large and prosperous Indian community in mid-20th century Trinidad, [the film] is a magical, bittersweet fable about Ganesh (Aasif Mandvi), a young, aspiring author whose unexpected talents as a healer bring him local fame and enable him to realize his ambitions as a writer. But he also realizes his limitations when his reputation as the legendary 'mystic masseur' propels him to national renown and draws him far from his roots and his true self"--Container
Bombay talkie by James Ivory( Visual )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A troubled romance laced with barbed wit and pointed melodrama and an affectionate view of the Indian film industry (aka Bollywood). A visiting English author becomes involved with a married Indian movie star; when the romance fizzles she flees to an ashram
Ismail Merchant's Passionate meals : the new Indian cuisine for fearless cooks and adventurous eaters by Ismail Merchant( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roseland by James Ivory( Visual )

13 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three interlocking stories set in New York City's legendary Roseland dance palace make up this charming film, the third to be shot by Merchant Ivory Productions in America. In the first segment, The Waltz, Teresa Wright is a widow who comes to the Roseland in order to sustain the memory of her late husband, but meets Stan (Lou Jacobi), a man who offers her an opportunity for happiness in the present. In The Hustle, Christopher Walken stars as a gigolo with three women in his life, all of whom depend on him for different degrees of romance and companionship. In the final segment, The Peabody, an older Viennese woman (Lilia Skala) sets out to win a dance competition despite warnings that it could imperil her health
Lumière et compagnie = Lumière & company by Sarah Moon( Visual )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in French and English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pour célébrer les cent ans du cinéma, on a demandé à 40 réalisateurs et réalisatrices reconnus mondialement de se servir de la caméra originale des frères Lumière et de réaliser un film d'une durée de 52 secondes
In custody( Visual )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nur is considered the greatest living Urdu poet and Deven hopes to rekindle interest in the language by recording Nur reciting his magical verse. But multiple problems block Deven's path, the greatest being Nur's two shrewish wives, his love of drink, and the vastly bloated poet himself. Deven's monstrous task quickly turns into a cultural odyssey that follows a humorous path to an unexpected conclusion
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The Remains of the Day
Alternative Names
Ismail Merchant brytyjski producent filmowy

Ismail Merchant Indiaas filmproducent (1936-2005)

Ismail Merchant indisch-britischer Filmproduzent

Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman

Rehman, Ismail Noormohamed Abdul

Rehman, Ismail Noormohamed Abdul 1936-2005

Исмаил Мерчант

איסמעיל מרצ'נט

اسماعیل مرچنت تهیه‌کننده و کارگردان هندی

اسماعیل مرچنٹ

ఇస్మాయిల్ మర్చెంట్

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The Remains of the DayThe white countessThe golden bowlThe BostoniansIsmail Merchant's Passionate meals : the new Indian cuisine for fearless cooks and adventurous eatersLumière et compagnie = Lumière & companyMy passage from India : a filmmaker's journey from Bombay to Hollywood and beyond