James Ivory on Richard Robbins

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Film director James Ivory (b. 1928) visits Movies on the Radio to discuss his films and his collaborations with composer Richard Robbins. Merchant Ivory films such as A Room With a View, Howard's End, and The Remains of the Day have won many awards, and set the standard for thoughtful, emotional adaptations of classic and contemporary novels. Working with the team of producer Ismail Merchant, screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and composer Richard Robbins, plus many of cinema's greatest actors, Ivory has created unforgettable movies.

With host David Garland, Ivory discusses his desire to have the music for his films "ravish" the audience, the genesis of his collaborations, working with actors, his filmmaking plans for the future, and much more. Robbins' music for several Merchant Ivory films is heard. Unfortunately, composer Richard Robbins has Parkinson's disease, and is not able to participate in this conversation.

Playlist

Richard Robbins - Maurice - The Moonlit Night (excerpt) - Angel

Richard Robbins - The Remains Of The Day - Opening Titles, Darlington Hall - Angel

Richard Robbins - Mr. And Mrs. Bridge - Closing Credits - RCA

Richard Robbins - A Room With A View - The Pensione Bertollini; Lucy, Charlotte And Miss Lavish See The City - Angel

Richard Robbins - Maurice - Prologue: The Lesson, The Moonlit Night - Angel

Richard Robbins - Howards End - Main Title - Angel

Richard Robbins - The White Countess - Jackson Says Goodnight - Cinemania

Richard Robbins - Heat and Dust - Opening Titles / Heat And Dust - Angel

Below: A Room with a View Trailer (warning: includes partial nudity)

Comments [1]

Donna Robin Lippman from New York City

Thank you for a wonderful program. I remember decades ago not knowing that Merchant Ivory referred to two people. It sounded to me like an elephant tusk vendor, which accounts for why it many people thought that James Ivory was British!

May. 28 2011 10:50 PM

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