Afterimage: James Ivory, Three Films from Novels

3/3/12 to 4/7/12

Our tribute to director James Ivory focuses on Merchant-Ivory adaptations of contemporary American novels: Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, from the books by Evan. S. Connell), Le Divorce (based on local author Diane Johnson's novel of manners), and A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (a saga of expatriate life in Paris adapted from Kaylie Jones's autobiographical novel). We are delighted that director James Ivory will join us in person for a conversation with renowned essayist Phillip Lopate about the art of transforming novels into films after the screening on April 7. Lopate will also introduce Chekhov for Children, a documentary recounting the impact of his projects as a writer in the New York City public schools.

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  • Chekhov for Children

    • Saturday, April 7 4 pm

    Sasha Waters Freyer (U.S., 2010). Introduced by Phillip Lopate. In 1979, Phillip Lopate directed a Broadway version of Uncle Vanya-starring New York City fifth and sixth graders. Here, one student from that time reconnects with her classmates. “A celebration of the joyous possibilities of arts education” (Telluride Film Festival). (72 mins)

  • A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

    • Saturday, April 7 7 pm

    James Ivory (U.S., 1998). James Ivory and Phillip Lopate in conversation. Ivory adapts Kaylie Jones's autobiographical novel of life with her father, author James Jones, in this saga of expatriate family life in Paris, told in three chapters. “Rarely has family life been presented with such refined precision” (TIFF). (124 mins)

  • Le Divorce

    • Friday, March 23 8:30 pm

    James Ivory (U.S., 2003). Le Divorce is a fast-paced, effervescent adaptation of Diane Johnson's novel of manners, featuring two American sisters abroad in France. “One of Merchant-Ivory's most sophisticated and entertaining features” (Jonathan Rosenbaum). (117 mins)

  • Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

    • Saturday, March 3 6 pm

    James Ivory (U.S., 1990). Archival Print! Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are an upper-class couple in the 1930s and 1940s, trapped by a strict sense of decorum although each glimpses another way to live. From the novels by Evan S. Connell. “An elegant and exacting anatomy of a marriage” (Rolling Stone). (124 mins)