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James Ivory is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor and Thanks American born on 7 june 1928 at Berkeley (USA)

James Ivory

James Ivory
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Birth name James Francis Ivory
Nationality USA
Birth 7 june 1928 (95 years) at Berkeley (USA)
Creator of Merchant Ivory Productions
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship

James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born film producer Ismail Merchant, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Their films won six Academy Awards.


Sa mère est d'origine française.

« Malgré ou grâce à sa nationalité franco-américaine, il dépeint la société anglaise victorienne amoureusement, respectueusement et férocement. Le réalisateur possède le don rare du détail qui confère à chaque scène de ses films d'époque une authenticité. James Ivory nous offre un voyage dans le temps gracieux comme pouvait le faire Jacques Demy. »

— Paul Eden

La plupart de ses films ont été produits avec l'Indien Ismail Merchant (avec qui il a vécu jusqu'à sa mort), au travers de leur société de production Merchant Ivory Production fondée en mai 1961.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala a écrit de nombreux scénarios pour ses films.

Best films

Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Howards End (1992)
A Room with a View (1986)

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Filmography of James Ivory (36 films)

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Arcadia Lost
Directed by Phedon Papamichael
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Haley Bennett, Carter Jenkins, Nick Nolte, Lachlan Buchanan, James Ivory
Roles wedding photographer
Rating57% 2.861642.861642.861642.861642.86164
After a car accident, two teenagers are left stranded in rural Greece. Charlotte has a deep desire to find connection, but hides behind a sullen disposition and her new-found sexual power. Sye, her recent stepbrother, is introverted, hiding behind his camera and caustic wit. As the two wander the dusty roads and staggering beauty of Greece, they come across Benerji, an expatriate American. With no other alternative, they reluctantly accept him as their guide. The three begin an adventurous journey toward the mystic waters on the sacred Mount Parnonas. Their journey takes them through a landscape both ancient and modern. Events force them to confront the truth of their past and the frightening, beautiful reality of their present.


The City of Your Final Destination, 1h58
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Hiroyuki Sanada, Norma Aleandro, Omar Metwally
Rating62% 3.146123.146123.146123.146123.14612
The film follows a graduate student, Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally), who wishes to write a biography on an obscure writer, Jules Gund, who died years before. He must travel to Uruguay to persuade the Gund family to authorize the biography.
The White Countess, 2h10
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Political films, La cécité
Actors Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lynn Redgrave, Allan Corduner
Rating64% 3.248963.248963.248963.248963.24896
Having escaped the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Countess Sofia Belinskaya is working as a taxi dancer in a seedy Shanghai bar to support her family of White émigrés, including her daughter Katya, her mother-in-law Olga, her sister-in-law Grushenka, and an aunt and uncle by marriage, Princess Vera and Prince Peter. Despite the fact employment is scarce and her meagre income is the family's only source of revenue, Sofia's once-aristocratic relatives scorn her for her choice of profession and insist she keep it a secret from her child.
Le Divorce
Le Divorce (2003)
, 1h57
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Glenn Close, Thierry Lhermitte, Catherine Samie, Melvil Poupaud
Rating49% 2.451032.451032.451032.451032.45103
Isabel (Hudson) Walker travels to Paris to visit her sister, poet Roxy (Watts), who lives with her husband, Frenchman Charles-Henri, and her young daughter, Gennie. Roxy is pregnant, but her husband has just walked out on her without explanation. Isabel discovers that he has a married Russian lover, Magda Tellman, whom he intends to marry after securing a divorce from Roxy. Roxy refuses to divorce him.
The Golden Bowl, 2h6
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Kate Beckinsale, James Fox, Anjelica Huston, Nick Nolte, Jeremy Northam, Nickolas Grace
Rating59% 2.951422.951422.951422.951422.95142
Dignified but impoverished aristocrat Prince Amerigo, whose illustrious Italian family occupies the decaying Palazzo Ugolini in Florence, is engaged to American socialite Maggie Verver. She shares an extremely close relationship with her millionaire father Adam, a retired widowed tycoon living in England who intends to finance the construction of a museum to house his invaluable collection of art and antiquities in an American city.
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, 2h5
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey, Leelee Sobieski, Jane Birkin, Jesse Bradford, Virginie Ledoyen
Rating67% 3.395993.395993.395993.395993.39599
Bill Willis, a successful American novelist and World War II veteran, is living in Paris in the 1960s with his family. He is much loved by his free-spirited unpredictable wife Marcella. The couple, popular at the Paris cocktail party circuit, has a six-year-old daughter Channe (short for Charlotte Anne). Marcella yearns to have another child, but a series of miscarriages has made that difficult. However, the family circle expands when a six-year old French boy, Benoit, is brought to their home for adoption. The child’s biological mother, a beautiful young single mother, has been unable to care for him and Benoit has been shipped through so many orphanages and foster homes that he initially does not unpack his suitcase. Having feared rejection, the little boy is surprised by the love he receives in his new surroundings. After Benoit becomes acclimated to his new family, he asks that his name be changed to Billy after his adopted father.
Surviving Picasso, 2h5
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Peinture
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland, Peter Eyre, Dennis Boutsikaris
Rating62% 3.1470653.1470653.1470653.1470653.147065
The film starts with a young woman named Françoise meeting Picasso in Paris during the Nazi occupation of the city, where Picasso is complaining that people broke into his house and stole his linen, rather than his paintings. It shows Françoise being beaten by her father after telling him she wants to be a painter, rather than a lawyer. Picasso is shown as often not caring about other people's feelings, firing his driver after a long period of service, and as a womanizer, saying that he can sleep with whomever he wants.
Jefferson in Paris, 2h19
Directed by James Ivory
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy-drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, French Revolution films
Actors Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Simon Callow, Seth Gilliam, James Earl Jones
Rating56% 2.8483052.8483052.8483052.8483052.848305
Set in the period 1784–1789, the film portrays Jefferson when he was US minister to France at Versailles before the French Revolution. French liberals and intellectuals hope he will lead them away from the corruption of the court of King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and toward a more democratic form of government. Although deploring the poverty of the common people, he embraces the riches of French culture and civilization. It is his first time abroad, and he takes advantage of the opportunity to extend his knowledge of liberal arts and science while absorbing the refinements France has to offer.
The Remains of the Day, 2h14
Directed by James Ivory
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about the labor movement
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox, Christopher Reeve, Hugh Grant, Ben Chaplin
Rating77% 3.896693.896693.896693.896693.89669
In 1950s post-war Britain, Mr. Stevens, the butler of Darlington Hall, receives a letter from Miss Kenton, a recently divorced former co-worker employed as the housekeeper some twenty years earlier. Lord Darlington has died a broken man, his reputation destroyed after he had been denounced as a Nazi-sympathiser in the Daily Mail, and his stately country manor has been sold to a retired American Congressman, Mr. Lewis. Stevens is granted permission to borrow his Daimler, and he sets off to the West Country to meet Kenton.
Howards End, 2h20
Directed by James Ivory
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, Joseph Bennett, Prunella Scales
Rating73% 3.6973553.6973553.6973553.6973553.697355
The story takes place in Edwardian England and concerns three families who represent three social classes: the Wilcoxes are wealthy capitalists, the class that is displacing the aristocracy; the Schlegel sisters standing for the enlightened bourgeoisie; and the Basts, a young couple down on their luck, who may be traced to the lower middle class. (Forster is clear that the novel is "not concerned with the very poor".) The film asks the question "Who will inherit England?" and answers it through the ownership of the house, Howards End, as it passes from person to person.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, 1h50
Directed by James Ivory
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Blythe Danner, Simon Callow, Kyra Sedgwick, John Bell
Rating65% 3.2948953.2948953.2948953.2948953.294895
The story of a traditional family living in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri, during the 1930s and 1940s. The Bridges grapple with changing mores and expectations. Mr. Bridge (Paul Newman), is a lawyer who resists his children's rebellion against the conservative values he holds dear. Mrs. Bridge (Joanne Woodward), labors to maintain a Pollyanna view of the world against her husband's emotional distance and her children's eagerness to adopt a world view more modern than her own.
Slaves of New York, 2h4
Directed by James Ivory
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Bernadette Peters, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Madeleine Potter, Adam Coleman Howard, Steve Buscemi
Rating56% 2.8029852.8029852.8029852.8029852.802985
The story follows Eleanor, an aspiring hat designer, and a group of artists and models in the "downtown" New York City art world. Eleanor lives with her younger boyfriend Stash, an unknown artist, who is unfaithful and treats Eleanor with careless indifference. Eleanor expresses her feelings for Stash when she tells him that she was once attracted to him because he was dangerous. She stays with him despite the crumbling relationship because she has nowhere else to live—she is, in effect, a "slave."
Maurice (1987)
, 2h20
Directed by James Ivory
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Ben Kingsley, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow
Rating75% 3.799433.799433.799433.799433.79943
During a trip to a windswept beach, Maurice Hall, an 11-year-old schoolboy, receives instructions about the "sacred mysteries" of sex from his teacher, who wants to explain to the fatherless boy the changes he would experience in puberty.
A Room with a View, 1h57
Directed by James Ivory
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands, Simon Callow, Daniel Day-Lewis
Rating71% 3.598483.598483.598483.598483.59848
Miss Lucy Honeychurch is from an English village in Surrey and is on holiday in Italy with her much older cousin and chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett. Charlotte is conventionally English, with an extremely restrictive personality and tends to get her way by expressing her emotions to manipulate others. Lucy has been brought up in an upper-middle class but loving and easygoing household, and had fewer inhibitions, which creates a strong tension between herself and Charlotte. They are in contrast with the more free-thinking and free-spirited backdrop of Italy. At a small pensione Lucy meets such people as Reverend Beebe, the two Miss Alans, and the author Miss Eleanor Lavish, but most importantly, the nonconformist Mr. Emerson and his handsome, philosophical son, George, who becomes friends with Charlotte. These men, although also English, represent the forward-thinking ideals of the turn-of-the-century, seeking to leave behind the repression and caution that was the norm in Victorian times. At first, the Emersons seem strange and unfamiliar to Lucy and Charlotte. They seem sincere but unaware of finer upper class Victorian manners. Mr. Emerson offers to switch rooms with the women, who desire a room with a view. Charlotte is offended, believing him to be rude and tactless for what she perceives to be indebting them with his offer. As Lucy begins her journey to maturity, she finds herself drawn to George due to his mysterious thinking and readily expressed emotions.