James Ivory in Person

February 20–23, 2019

The celebrated writer and director best known as half of the Merchant Ivory duo visits BAMPFA with early films that offer perspectives on postcolonial India.

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  • Autobiography of a Princess

  • Shakespeare Wallah. Image courtesy Cohen Media Group

  • The Guru

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  • Autobiography of a Princess

    James Ivory
    United Kingdom, 1975
    • Wednesday, February 20 3:10 PM
    James Ivory and Ajay Gehlawat in Conversation

    The adoring daughter (Madhur Jaffrey) of a once-powerful maharajah invites her father’s tutor (James Mason) to tea, and stories begin to flow, in Ivory’s critique of colonial memory. With shorts The Sword and the Flute and The Creation of Woman.  

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  • Shakespeare Wallah

    James Ivory
    India, 1965
    • Friday, February 22 7 PM
    James Ivory in Person

    A family of English Shakespearean actors find themselves lost in the new India in Ivory’s insightful, Chekhovian look at life, art, and cultural change. With a musical score by Satyajit Ray.  

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  • The Guru

    James Ivory
    India, 1969

    35mm Studio Vault Print

    • Saturday, February 23 7:30 PM
    James Ivory in Person

    A sitar virtuoso takes an English pop star as a pupil—with predictably disruptive results—in “Merchant Ivory’s version of a sixties trip” (James Ivory). Uptal Butt, Michael York, and Rita Tushingham star in this spoof on the Western fascination with all things India.

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