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Cohen Media Group Picks Up 30 Merchant Ivory Productions for Restoration and Re-issue

Cohen Media Group Picks Up 30 Merchant Ivory Productions for Restoration and Re-issue

The deal involves buying the Merchant Ivory brand, reports Variety, along with global distribution rights to 21 features and 9 documentaries and shorts. James Ivory will continue to supervise the brand as creative director of the collection. He will consult with Charles S. Cohen on the restoration, re-release and marketing of each film.
The deal does not include studio films “A Room With a View,” “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” “Jefferson in Paris” and “Remains of the Day.”
The filmmaking team of producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory partnered in Merchant Ivory for a series of English-language films in India starting with 1963’s “The Householder,” starring Shashi Kapoor, followed by 1965’s “Shakespeare Wallah.”  
Moving to the United States and England, Merchant Ivory collaborated with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala on such films as  “Howards End,” based on the E.M. Forster novel, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture. The film won Oscars for art direction, supporting actress Emma Thompson and Jhabvala’s adapted screenplay. 
In total, Merchant Ivory titles have earned 31 Oscar nominations and six Oscars over seven films.
Other features included are: “The Householder,” “Shakespeare Wallah,” “Autobiography of a Princess,” “Bombay Talkie,” “Savages,” “Roseland,” “Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures,” “The Europeans,” “Jane Austen in Manhattan,” “Quartet,” “The Bostonians,” “The Courtesans of Bombay,” “The Deceivers,” “The Perfect Murder,” “The Ballad of the Sad Café,” “In Custody 1994,” “The Proprietor” and “The Mystic Masseur.”
Shorts and documentaries are: “The Sword and the Flute,” “Venice: Themes & Variations,” “The Creation of Woman,” “The Delhi Way,” “Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization,” “Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls,” “Mahatma and the Mad Boy,” “Sweet Sounds” and “Street Musicians of Bombay.”

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