Merchant-Ivory celebrates 40th

Filmmaking team also toast BAFTA Fellowship

The filmmaking team of Ismail Merchant, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory celebrated its 40th anniversary Feb. 27 in London in true collaborative style. Several of their key filmmaking associates and stars joined them for an evening of glamour and Old World style worthy of a Merchant-Ivory film. They were toasting not only the anni, but also their new British Academy of Film & Television Arts Fellowship, at the Connaught Hotel with Baccarat crystal flown in for the occasion from Paris at a reported $1 million pricetag.

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