Ismail Merchant of the famous Merchant/Ivory films (A Room with a View, Howards End, The Remains of the Day) is dead at 68.
I always appreciated Merchant’s work. It was never flashy, sensationalized, or self-important. It was, primarily, cinema for book lovers. The string of the three aforementioned films was a memorable trio of excellent, at times brilliant, filmmaking, full of memorable performances and enthralling period detail.
Thank you, Mr. Merchant. Your work will be appreciated for ages to come, and you will be sorely missed by literature-philes at the movies.