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James Ivory

TORCH Visiting Professor
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Born in Berkeley, California, James Ivory is a multiple Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker—a prolific director, writer, and producer.  He started his career as a documentary filmmaker before beginning his nearly six-decade journey in narrative filmmaking with The Householder (1963), a film that also began his decades-long partnerships with producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Among his films are Shakespeare Wallah (1965); Quartet (1981); Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990); Jefferson in Paris (1995); The Golden Bowl (2000); The White Countess (2005); The City of Your Final Destination (2009); Heat and Dust (1983); Surviving Picasso (1996); Maurice (1987), winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival; and three films for which Ivory received Best Director Oscar® nominations, A Room with a View (1985), Howards End (1992), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Most recently, he wrote the screenplay for Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of André Aciman’s novel Call Me by Your Name for which he was awarded the 2018 Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay and for which he won the BAFTA and the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.