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James Ivory

James Ivory


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Born: June 7, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berkeley, California, USA Profession: Director ...


"I never thought of myself as one of those fiery directors. In front of audiences, at any rate, Ismail [Merchant] is just the opposite. Which is good. Our team is really three people, including Ruth [Prawer Jhabvala]. Of course, we quarrel often, but never in a loud-voiced way. In the end, we work together, each with a strong ego, but never coming down flatly on one another. If one of us is not with the others, that one is missed. Filmmaking just wouldn't be as much fun without Ruth and Ismail." --James Ivory quoted in Biography Magazine, November 1998.

"I would like to think [our films are] elegant, but that the elegance is a mental one. The elegance is in the script--not only just as an adjective. The script is well-thought out and has been well-written. I think that's where elegance shows in a movie. You can have people in all sorts of fancy clothes and have the most elegant big cars, but if it's a lousy script, you go nowhere. The script is where elegance starts in a film." --Ivory quoted in DGA News, April-May 1995.

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