An era has ended and I am very sad about it. Ismael Merchant of Merchant Ivory has died in London. He is responsible, along with James Ivory, for some of the best movies of the past 25 years, including Room With A View and Howard's End. Even the bad ones he produced have something that makes them worthy. At least we have one more coming soon, The White Countess, which was filming in Shanghai when I was there in November.