Ismail Merchant Biography

Ismail Merchant Born(1936 – )

Occupation:     Producer
Also:     Director
Born:     December 25, 1936, Bombay, India
Education:     St. Xavier’s University, Bombay; New York University (business administration)

This Bombay-born producer is one half of the prolific Merchant/Ivory team which has been responsible for scores of literate, beautifully shot, languid, and sometimes erotic films since the mid-’60s. Though the uninformed often think “Merchant Ivory” is one man, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory did not meet until 1960, when Merchant was 24 and the California-born director Ivory was 32. Merchant had only co-produced one film up to that point, the Oscar-nominated 1960 short The Creation of Woman. But the two formed Merchant Ivory Productions and set about filming the first of their nearly 40 films together

Ismail Merchant Work

1957

Venice: Theme and Variations producer
1959

The Sword and the Flute producer
1960

The Creation of Woman producer
1963

The Householder producer
1964

The Delhi Way producer
1965

Shakespeare Wallah producer
1969

The Guru producer, performer
1970

Bombay Talkie producer
1972

Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization producer
1972

Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls producer
1973

Mahatma and the Mad Boy producer, director
1974

Savages producer
1975

Autobiography of a Princess executive producer
1975

The Wild Party producer
1976

Sweet Sounds producer
1977

Roseland producer
1979

The Europeans producer
1979

Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures producer
1980

Jane Austen in Manhattan producer
1981

Quartet producer
1982

The Courtesans of Bombay producer, director, screenwriter
1983

Heat and Dust producer
1984

The Bostonians producer, director, screenwriter
1985

A Room with a View producer
1986

My Little Girl executive producer
1987

Maurice producer
1988

The Deceivers producer
1988

The Perfect Murder executive producer
1989

Slaves of New York producer
1990

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge producer
1991

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe producer
1992

Howards End producer
1993

In Custody director
1993

Ladybird, Ladybird director
1993

The Remains of the Day co-producer
1995

Feast of July executive producer
1995

Jefferson In Paris performer
1996

The Proprietor director
1996

Surviving Picasso producer
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