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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-05 02:44 PM
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Filmmaker Ismail Merchant Dies

That guy made some kickass movies including one of my favorites "A Room with A view"

LONDON - Filmmaker Ismail Merchant, who with partner James Ivory became synonymous with classy costume drama in films such as "A Room With A View" and "Howards End," died Wednesday. He was 68.

Merchant died surrounded by family and friends at a hospital in London, Merchant Ivory Productions said.

Merchant, who was born in Bombay but spent most of his life in the West, had been ill for some time and recently underwent surgery for abdominal ulcers, according to Indian television reports.

Merchant and Ivory, an American, made some 40 films together and won six Oscars since forming their famous partnership in 1961 with German-born screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Their hits especially E.M. Forster adaptations like "A Room With a View" (1985) and "Howards End" (1992) that won three Oscars apiece helped revive the public's taste for well-made, emotional period drama.

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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-05 02:46 PM
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1. Damn. He was rather young.
I love their movies.
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-05 02:47 PM
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2. Oh, man, what a bummer.
"The Remains of the Day" was my favorite of his films. What a loss for those of us who love movies.
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