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Ismail Merchant

Birth name Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman
Born December 25, 1936
Died May 25, 2005
Years active 1960 - 2005


Ismail Merchant (December 25, 1936May 25, 2005) was an Indian-born film producer, best known for the results of his famously long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions which included director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Their films won six Academy Awards. Image File history File links Film producer Ismail Merchant 1936-2005. ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 6 days remaining in the year. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Collaboration is a process defined by the recursive interaction of knowledge[1] and mutual learning between two or more people working together[2] toward a common goal typically creative in nature. ... James Ivory (left) and Ismail Merchant (right) in New York City in 1974. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE (born May 7, 1927) is a Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


Ivory was Merchant's long-term life partner [1]. There are two famous individuals named James Ivory: James Ivory (mathematician) James Ivory (director) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A Life partner is a synonym for a spouse. ...

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Background

Born Ismail Noormohamed Abdul Rehman, he was the son of Hazra Memon and Noormohamed Haji Abdul Rehman, a Mumbai Memon textile dealer. He studied at St. Xavier's College, Bombay [2]. When he was 22, he traveled to the United States to study at New York University, where he earned an M.B.A.. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Memon (Gujarati: મેમણ ) (Urdu: میمن ) a minority social group primarily connected with Indian sub-continent trace their roots largely to Sindh, Kutch and Kathiawar [1]. They adhere to Hanafi Sunni Islam, mainly businesspeople and entrepreneurs , share common tongue, mixture of Sindhi and Kutchi, and strongly connect themselves locally with well organized societies... , “Bombay” redirects here. ... Memon (Gujarati: મેમણ ) (Urdu: میمن ) a minority social group primarily connected with Indian sub-continent trace their roots largely to Sindh, Kutch and Kathiawar [1]. They adhere to Hanafi Sunni Islam, mainly businesspeople and entrepreneurs , share common tongue, mixture of Sindhi and Kutchi, and strongly connect themselves locally with well organized societies... St. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ...


In 1961, he made a short film, The Creation of Woman. It was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and also received an Academy Award nomination. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ...


Merchant Ivory Productions

In 1961, Merchant created the film production company, Merchant Ivory Productions, with James Ivory. Until Merchant's death in 2005, the company produced a number of award winning films. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was the screenwriter for most of their productions. They made close to 40 films together. Their partnership has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest partnership in independent cinema history. James Ivory (left) and Ismail Merchant (right) in New York City in 1974. ... James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an award-winning American film director, best known for the results of his long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, which included both Indian-born producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE (born May 7, 1927) is a Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ...


In 1963, MIP premiered its first production, The Householder, based upon a novel by Jhabvala (she also wrote the screenplay). This feature became the first Indian-made film to be distributed internationally by a major American studio, Columbia Pictures. Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Householder (1963) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ...


In addition to producing, Merchant has directed a number of films and two television features. For television, he directed a short feature entitled Mahatma and the Mad Boy, and a full-length television feature, The Courtesans of Bombay made for Britain’s Channel Four. Merchant made his own directorial debut with 1993's In Custody based on a novel by Anita Desai, and starring Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor. It was filmed in Bhopal, India, and went on to win National Awards from the Government of India for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume and Best Production Design. His second directing feature, "The Proprietor," starred Jeanne Moreau, Sean Young, Jean-Pierre Aumont and Christopher Cazenove and was filmed on location in Paris. Channel 4 is a public-service British television station, broadcast to all areas of the United Kingdom (and also the Republic of Ireland), which began transmissions in 1982. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Anita Desai (b. ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. ... Shashi Kapoor in Sharmilee (1971) Shashi Kapoor (born Balbirraj Kapoor March 18, 1938) in Calcutta, is one of Indias greatest actors and a member of the famous Kapoor Family (film), an influential film dynasty in Indias Bollywood cinema. ... For other uses, see Bhopal (disambiguation). ... Jeanne Moreau (born 23 January 1928 in Paris, France) is a French actress. ... Mary Sean Young (born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 20, 1959) is an American actress. ... Jean-Pierre Aumont (January 5, 1911 – January 29, 2001) was a French actor. ... Christopher Cazenove (born December 17, 1945) is a British cinema, television and stage actor. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ...


Of his partnership with Ivory and Jhabvala, Merchant once commented: "It is a strange marriage we have at Merchant Ivory...I am an Indian Muslim, Ruth is a German Jew, and Jim is a Protestant American. Someone once described us as a three-headed god. Maybe they should have called us a three-headed monster!" [3].


Cooking

Fond of cooking, he wrote several books on the art including Ismail Merchant’s Indian Cuisine; Ismail Merchant’s Florence; Ismail Merchant’s Passionate Meals and Ismail Merchant’s Paris: Filming and Feasting in France. He also wrote books on film-making, including a book about the making of the film The Deceivers in 1988 called Hullabaloo in Old Jeypur, and another about the making of The Proprietor called Once Upon a Time . . . The Proprietor. His most recent book is entitled, My Passage From India: A Filmmaker’s Journey from Bombay to Hollywood and Beyond. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Awards

In 2002, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Padma Bhushan is an Indian civilian decoration established on January 2, 1954 by the President of India. ...


Death

Merchant died in London, aged 68, following surgery for abdominal ulcers[4]. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The abdomen is a part of the body. ... Endoscopic images of a duodenal ulcer. ...


He was buried in the Bada Kabrestan in Marine Lines, Mumbai, on 28 May 2005, in keeping with his wish to be laid to rest with his ancestors. Marine Lines is the name of an area in South Mumbai. ... , “Bombay” redirects here. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Filmography

Director

Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Cotton Mary is a Merchant Ivorys producer Ismail Merchants directed film, filming in India. ... 1996 U.S.-French co-production. ... Lumière and Company (1996) was a collaboration between several film directors in which each made a short film using the original Lumière brothers camera. ... There are two famous individuals named James Ivory: James Ivory (mathematician) James Ivory (director) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In Custody/Hifazaat (1993) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions. ...

Producer

The White Countess is a 2005 Merchant/Ivory film set in Shanghai in the 1930s. ... Heights is a movie released in 2004. ... Le Divorce is a 2003 motion picture that tells a story of an American woman who married a French man and her sister visiting her in Paris. ... 2002 Merchant Ivory film directed by Andrew Litvack. ... The Golden Bowl (2000) US-UK co-produced Merchant Ivory film. ... Cotton Mary is a Merchant Ivorys producer Ismail Merchants directed film, filming in India. ... A Soldiers Daughter Never Cries is a French/US film directed by James Ivory and written by James Ivory & Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Side Streets is a 1998s Merchant Ivory film directed by Tony Gerber. ... Surviving Picasso is a 1996 film starring Anthony Hopkins as the famous painter Picasso. ... Lumière and Company (1996) was a collaboration between several film directors in which each made a short film using the original Lumière brothers camera. ... Jefferson in Paris is a 1995 movie about the US historical figure Thomas Jefferson before he becomes US President. ... Feast of July is a 1995s UK film produced by Merchant Ivory Productions, based on the novel by H.E. Bates, starring Embeth Davidtz and Ben Chaplin. ... The Remains of the Day (1993) is a Merchant Ivory Film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. ... Howards End is a 1991 (released in 1992) film adaptation of E.M. Forsters 1910 novel Howards End, a story of class struggle in turn-of-the-20th-century England. ... Mr. ... The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is a 1991 Merchant Ivory film, produced by Ismail Merchant and directed by Simon Callow, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine. ... Slaves of New York is a 1989 comedy-drama starring Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Madeleine Potter, and Steve Buscemi. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Maurice (pronounced Morris) is a 1987 film based on the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. ... My Little Girl is 1986 Merchant Ivory Film. ... A Room with a View is a 1986 Merchant Ivory Productions Academy Award-winning feature film, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. ... Fred Ward Noon Wine is a western novel and a 1985 film (German Title: In der Mittagsglut) is a Western-Drama with Fred Ward and Stellan Skarsgård. ... Merchant Ivory Productions is a film company founded by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, best known for its period costume dramas. ... The Bostonians is 1984s Merchant Ivory Film, based on Henry James novel. ... Heat and Dust (1983) is a Merchant Ivory Productions award winning film, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala based upon her novel, Heat and Dust. ... Quartet is a 1981s Merchant Ivory Film, starring Isabelle Adjani, Maggie Smith and Alan Bates set in 1924s Paris. ... Film 1980 Directed by James Ivory Libretto Sir Charles Grandison by Jane Austen & Samuel Richardson Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Sir Charles Grandison, or The Happy Man by Jane Austen Produced by Ismail Merchant Associate Producer *Connie Kaiserman Music by Richard Robbins // Cast Starring Anne Baxter - Lilliana Zorska Robert Powell... The Europeans is a Merchant Ivory Film made in the United States in 1979. ... Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnies Pictures (1978) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. ... Roseland is a 1977 film made by Merchant Ivory Productions. ... Motion picture The Wild Party (1975) directed by James Ivory and starring James Coco as Jolly Grimm and Raquel Welch as Queenie. ... Autobiography of a Princess (1975) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. ... Savages is a 1972 film directed by James Ivory, and written by Michael ODonoghue and George W.S. Trow. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bombay Talkie (1970) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. ... For other uses of the word Guru, see Guru (disambiguation). ... Shakespeare Wallah is a 1965 film, based on a book of the same name by Geoffrey Kendal, who stars in the film. ... The Householder (1963) is a film by Merchant Ivory Productions, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. ...

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