Three-time Oscar nominated director James Ivory would like to sell you a slightly-used gondola. The story behind why the acclaimed director of 33 films including A Room with a View, Remains of the Day, Howards End and Le divorce has an authentic Venetian gondola resting comfortably in his barn in upstate New York was just one of the tales he revealed during an evening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston celebrating his work and achievements.

The 86 year-old Ivory, who as one audience member in the Brown Auditorium Friday night put it “is still in great shape” traveled to Houston to participate in the Houston Cinema Arts Festival and receive the The Levantine Cinema Arts Award, which every year during the Festival is given to a creative artist who stretches the “boundaries of cinematic expression throughout an illustrious career.”

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