Show Business: View From Prospero's Island

Merchant and Ivory are as hot as tez tamatar shorba

"Shoot, Jim! Shoot!" For 25 years that insistent cry--half command, half appeal--has been heard around the world, or wherever cameras have been set up for a Merchant-Ivory production. From India (Heat and Dust) to Boston (The Bostonians) to Florence (A Room with a View), Ismail Merchant, the producer part of the team, has been pleading with James Ivory, his directing partner, please, please to hurry up: time is short and money is shorter. So constant was the refrain on the English sets of their newest picture, Maurice, that when filming ended last month the cast set it to music and sang...

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