This harrowing television movie, made for PBS, is a must see for anyone who thinks they have James Ivory all figured out.
The rare Ivory film made outside the franchise, The 5:48 was not produced by Ismail Merchant, nor written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. This is Ivory standing on his own, as a director. Watch it with your hair standing on end.
Ivory talks about The 5:48 in his recent David Frost interview. Frost refers to thrillers as a genre that never interested Ivory, and Ivory corrects him. This is the film that proves that if Ivory had wanted to work under different conditions, as “a gun for hire” – a freedom which would have given him less independence – he could have.
I hereby claim The 5:48 as an Oregon film, as I will every film made by James Ivory, whether it is a tense commuter train thriller, or not.