Bombay-born filmmaker Ismail Merchant, who with partner James Ivory became synonymous with classy costume drama in films such as A Room With A View and Howard's End, died in London on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. He was 68. Merchant and Ivory, an American, made some 40 films together and won six Oscars four for best picture since forming their famous partnership in 1961 with German-born screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Merchant said Merchant-Ivory films worked because they captured great stories: "It should be a good story speak about a time and place that is permanent. It should capture something wonderful with some great characters whether it's set in the past or in the future."
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