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"Merchant Ivory"

7 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2024

Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203
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Free parking. Free and open to the public.

(U.S., 2024, 112 minutes, color) Directed by Stephen Soucy.

Following the screening, the documentary’s composer Ryan Homsey will be doing a short Q&A with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl.


A Room with a View

Howards End

The Remains of the Day

The Bostonians

Call Me By Your Name

Jefferson in Paris

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

Surviving Picasso

Arthouse film lovers will enjoy immersing themselves in the glorious history of Merchant Ivory Productions, a film company widely credited with creating its very own genre of films steeped in literature and history, featuring lavish sets and costumes, as well as nuanced performances by first-rate actors portraying disillusioned and extremely genteel characters.

Merchant Ivory documentary poster

UAlbany alum Stephen Soucy worked closely with cofounder James Ivory himself to reconstruct the company’s extraordinary journey.

Meet director/writer/producer Stephen Soucy and James Ivory, the oldest person ever to win an Oscar for screenwriting (at age 89, for "Call Me By Your Name") at the 4th Annual Albany Film Festival on Saturday, April 6.


Merchant Ivory (2023) is the first definitive feature documentary to lend new and compelling perspectives on the partnership, both professional and personal, of director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant and their primary associates, writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and composer Richard Robbins.


Footage from more than 50 interviews, clips, and archival material gives voice to the family of actors and technicians who helped define Merchant Ivory’s Academy Award-winning work of consummate quality and intelligence.


With six Oscar winners among the notable artists participating, these close and often long-term collaborators intimately detail the transformational cinematic creativity and personal and professional drama of the wandering company that left an indelible impact on film culture.

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