Returning to the screen in a 30th-anniversary 4K restoration, Merchant Ivory Productions' second adaptation of the work of E.M. Forster stars Ben Kingsley and Hugh Grant in a story of coming to terms with one's sexuality and identity in the stifling conformity of pre-WWI English society.
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Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, Maurice is another gem from Merchant-Ivory productions, based on an adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel that, due to its taboo gay subject matter, went unpublished during the author's lifetime. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. But after their friend, Lord Risley, is arrested and disgraced for "the unspeakable vice of the Greeks," Clive abandons his forbidden love to marry a rich, naive young woman. Maurice, however, struggles with his identity and self-confidence, seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice is seduced by their affectionate and yearning servant, Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice's life and outlook. Universally acclaimed upon its original release in 1987, the film won the Silver Lion for Best Director at that year's Venice Film Festival, while Wilby and Grant deservedly split the Best Actor award.
American director James Ivory has been consistently making films since his premiere of the documentary short "Venice: Themes and Variations" in 1957. He is best known for his 1985 adaptation of A Room with a View.
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- Director: James Ivory
- Principal Cast: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: United Kingdom
- Year: 1987
- Running Time: 140 minutes
- Producer: Ismail Merchant
- Screenplay: E.M. Forster
- Cinematographers: Pierre Lhomme
- Editors: Katherine Wenning
- Music: Richard Robbins
- Awards: Venice Film Festival 1987 (Silver Lion, James Ivory; Best Score, Richard Robbins; Best Actor, Hugh Grant)
- Filmography: The City of Your Final Destination (2009); The White Countess (2005); The Divorce (2003); A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998); Surviving Picasso (1996); The Remains of the Day (1993); Howards End (1992); A Room with a View (1985)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Cohen Media Classics