Avec everything

Biographical shards of James Ivory
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April 2022, no. 441
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Solid Ivory by James Ivory

Corsair, $34.99 pb, 399 pp

Avec everything

Biographical shards of James Ivory
by
April 2022, no. 441
Director James Ivory with Christopher Walken on the set of <em>Roseland</em>, 1977 (photograph by Merchant Ivory/Alamy)
Director James Ivory with Christopher Walken on the set of Roseland, 1977 (photograph by Merchant Ivory/Alamy)

‘Call me Ismail,’ it could plausibly begin: a screenplay not of Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick but of the real-life relationship between two filmmakers renowned for their adaptations of a string of other classic novels. Ismail Merchant first met James Ivory on the steps of the Indian consulate in Manhattan in 1961. ‘Call me by your name,’ the Ivory character might wittily retort in this imagined biopic. That, of course, was to be the title of the film scripted by Ivory nearly a decade and a half after Merchant’s death in 2005, but it captures something of the symbiotic nature of their partnership.

Ian Britain reviews &#039;Solid Ivory&#039; by James Ivory

Solid Ivory

by James Ivory

Corsair, $34.99 pb, 399 pp

Buy this book

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