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New York's Quad Cinema to host retrospective on screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


The retrospective titled, In Her Words: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, The Woman Behind Merchant Ivory, will be held from 8 to 14 June in the New York city.

Shashi Kapoor and Felicity Kendal in Shakespeare Wallah (1965)

Sonal Pandya

Earlier this year, when screenwriter-filmmaker James Ivory finally won an Academy award for the screenplay of Call Me By Your Name (2017), he thanked his longtime collaborators on Merchant Ivory Productions, late Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

It's been five years since Prawer Jhabvala passed away on 3 April 2013. New York city's Quad Cinema will be hosting a special retrospective of the author-turned-screenwriter's works from 8 to 14 June 2018 called In Her Words: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, The Woman Behind Merchant Ivory.

The retrospective will screen 11 films from her ouvere including Shakespeare Wallah (1965), The Guru (1969), Autobiography Of A Princess (1975), Heat And Dust (1983), A Room With A View (1985), Mr & Mrs Bridge (1990), The Remains Of The Day (1993), Surviving Picasso (1996), A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998), The Golden Bowl (2000) and Le Divorce (2003).

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Ivory will be present for a Q&A session after the screenings of The Guru (1969), Autobiography Of A Princess (1975) A Room With A View (1985) and Mr & Mrs Bridge (1990). Meanwhile, Prawer Jhabvala's daughters Renana Jhabvala, Firoza Jhabvala and Ava Jhabvala Wood will be present for the screening of Shakespeare Wallah (1965).

Prawer Jhabvala won two Academy awards — Best Adapted Screenplay for A Room With A View (1985) and Howards End (1992). Heat And Dust (1983) is adapted from her own book, of the same name, that was published in 1975.