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Born: June 7, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berkeley, California, USA Profession: Director ...
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1953:
Directed, wrote, edited and photographed the student short "Four in the Morning"
1957:
Produced, directed, wrote and photographed the documentary short "Venice: Theme and Variations"
1959:
Helmed the documentary short "The Sword and the Flute", featuring the sitar music of Ravi Shankar
1961:
Met Ishmail Merchant at a screening of "The Sword and the Flute"; together formed Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP)
1963:
Feature directing debut (and first MIP production), "The Householder"; first collaboration with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala who adapted from her novel
1965:
Co-wrote (with Jhabvala) and directed "Shakespeare Wallah", about a troupe of English actors travelling in India
1969:
First US-financed film, "The Guru", which he co-wrote with Jhabvala
1975:
Switched focus from India to America with "The Wild Party", evoking 1920s Hollywood
1979:
Feature acting debut as Man in Warehouse in "The Europeans"; first picture adapted form the work of Henry James; collaborated on screenplay with Jhabvala and directed
1981:
Helmed and adapted (with Jhabvala) "Quartet" from the novel by Jean Rhys
1984:
Second adaptation of James, "The Bostonians", featuring Christopher Reeve and Vanessa Redgrave
1985:
US TV producing debut, "Noon Wine" (PBS)
1986:
Breakthrough feature, "A Room With a View", based on the E.M. Forster novel; earned Best Director Oscar nomination
1987:
Directed second Forster adaptation, "Maurice"
1992:
First collaboration with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, "Howards End"; garnered second Best Director Oscar nomination; Vanessa Redgrave also co-starred
1993:
Directed Hopkins and Thompson in "The Remains of the Day", earning another Oscar nomination for Best Director; Christopher Reeve had featured role
1996:
Reteamed again with Hopkins for "Surviving Picasso"
1997:
Merchant-Ivory entered into production agreement with the UK-based Capitol Films
1998:
Directed critically-acclaimed "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries", based on the autobiographical novel by Kaylie Jones, daughter of novelist James Jones; shared screenplay credit with Jhabvala
2000:
Directed the period drama "The Golden Bowl"; released in USA in 2001
:
With Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, wrote screenplay for "Le Divorce" (lensed 2002); also directed

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