Classic film lovers rejoice. Charles S. Cohen, owner, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group has begun re-releasing 30 films by the legendary Merchant Ivory Productions. The remastered library includes 21 feature films and 9 shorts and documentaries.
Merchant Ivory Productions was founded in 1961 by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory — together, they produced 44 films. Founder and Oscar-nominated director James Ivory has collaborated with Cohen, and serves as creative director, on the restoration, re-release and promotion of each of the 30 films. Some of the titles set be released include the already-available “Howards End,” “Maurice,” “Shakespeare Wallah” and “Heat and Dust.”
Of the re-release plans, Cohen said, “Merchant Ivory has been a peak on the twentieth century cinematic landscape, and we are honored to have James Ivory on our team working on the restoration and re-release of these magnificent films.”
“Merchant Ivory has become a genre unto itself, a name synonymous with superbly crafted dramas of social import and psychological depth,” he added.
Included among the hundreds of brilliant actors and actresses who have taken part in these films are Academy Award winners like Daniel Day-Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Maggie Smith and Emma Thompson. An exclusive video containing scenes from a number of the films, which the Cohen Media Group is calling the “Merchant Ivory Library Trailer,” is available below.