The World of James Ivory

The World of James Ivory presents highlights from across the seven-decade career of filmmaker James Ivory, drawn from his personal collection of film prints donated to the Yale Film Archive in 2023. From literary adaptations and sweeping epics to intimate stories of human relationships, these films showcase Ivory's versatility and the diversity of his fruitful collaboration with partners Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

The World of James Ivory screenings are free and open to the public. 35mm prints from the Yale Film Archive.

Screening Location:
Humanities Quadrangle, Lower Level
320 York Street
New Haven, CT

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024
(James Ivory, 1990, 126 mins)
Paul Newman and an Oscar-nominated Joanne Woodward give “the most adventurous, most stringent performances of their careers” (Vincent Canby) as a well-off couple in ‘30s and ‘40s Kansas City grappling with a changing world. Adapted from the novels of Evan S. Connell, with a supporting cast that includes Blythe Danner, Kyra Sedgwick, Simon Callow, and Robert Sean Leonard.

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
(James Ivory, 1965, 120 mins)
James Ivory in person! With Bollywood on the rise, vagabond British Shakespeareans tour post-colonial India to dwindling audiences and a growing sense that an era has come to an end. Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, and Madhur Jaffrey form a triangle of lovers at the film’s heart, with a score composed by the great Satyajit Ray. “A breezy and beguiling study, comedy, romance, elegy” (Alan Scherstuhl).

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
(James Ivory, 1993, 134 mins)
The butler of Darlington Hall reflects on what he lost in his years of devoted service, including the chance for love. Adapted from the sublime Kazuo Ishiguro novel, this “subtle, thoughtful movie” (Roger Ebert) earned eight Academy Award nominations. Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson lead a cast that includes James Fox, Christopher Reeve, Hugh Grant, and Lena Headey.

7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2024
(James Ivory, 1983, 130 mins)
An Englishwoman discovers a long-buried scandal involving her great-aunt and a decadent nawab under the British Raj, and travels to India where she embarks upon a scandalous romance of her own. This “intelligent, ambitious, substantial picture” (Peter Bradshaw) full of “wonderful sights and sounds and textures” (Roger Ebert) stars Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, and Shashi Kapoor.

7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024
(James Ivory, 1989, 124 mins)
35th anniversary screening! Based on Tama Janowitz’s tales of the ‘80s downtown art scene, this comedy of manners stars Bernadette Peters as a hat designer juggling professional ambitions, an arrogant younger boyfriend, and a savage rental market. The cult classic’s cast includes Mary Beth Hurt, Mercedes Ruehl, Steve Buscemi, Anthony LaPaglia, Tammy Grimes, and Stanley Tucci.

See the full Yale Film Archive screening schedule here.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023 - 1:53pm