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Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster's Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one's sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. 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. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for "the unspeakable vice of the Greeks," Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a 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 the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice's life and outlook. Cohen Film Collection is proud to present a gorgeous new 4K restoration from the original negative, overseen and approved by director James Ivory and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme.
BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
• James Ivory and Pierre Lhomme on the Making of Maurice
• New on-stage Q&A w/ James Ivory and Pierre Lhomme moderated by Nicholas Elliott, US correspondent for Cahiers du Cinema
• The Story of Maurice
• Conversation with the Filmmakers
• A Director's Perspective
• A conversation between James Ivory and Tom McCarthy (director of SPOTLIGHT)
• Deleted scenes and alternate takes with audio commentary by James Ivory
• Original theatrical trailer
• 2017 Re-release trailer
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As far as the story for those that don't already know, it's a classic love story as the Amazon description says. What’s equally “classic” but rarely portrayed is a gay version of the classic story. There are so many, perhaps too many cheap 90 minute gay films floating around. Typically covering yet another teenage love story. This one is not that same old storyline. This is a love story for grown ups. Life gets more complex as we move away from high school and college. Being yet unmarried after a certain age you get no end of grief from family and friends. This movie is for that crowd. The social pressure. The struggle with the loss of social status. The fear of legal consequences just for opening loving the person that you love. Adult stuff. Its a painful story to watch, yet it brings life to the viewer as you see the story unfold.
So glad I found this movie even if it is 25 years after it was made. The story is timeless. Definitely a keeper that I’ll be adding to my library.
If the new version is a TINY bit crisper, it’s still not worth the sacrifice of the movie’s original warmth. This is a classic movie and did not need a “restoration” that did not improve upon the 2004 DVD transfer (which was excellent from the start). I can only recommend this as a second choice for those who don’t have any copy of the movie at all, and can’t find the out-of-print 2004 version.
I can't help but wonder how E.M. Foster would have reacted to seeing his semi-autobiographical and unpublished during his lifetime novel of illicit homosexual love cutting across the rigid class structure of pre-World-War One British Society.
Not only was it bold for E.M. Foster to write such a novel, but - spoiler alert - he allowed Maurice [pronounced Morris] and Scudder to have a happy ending - no pun intended - which the movie faithfully adheres to.
"Maurice" was a Merchant-Ivy production that was originally released in theaters back in 1987. Though critically acclaimed, moviegoers weren't ready for a gay romantic movie featuring full frontal male nudity and naked men in bed - let alone a gay British romantic movie.
Adapted from the novel by James Ivory and Kit Hesketh-Harvey; "Maurice" tells the story of a quest for love and the longing to have someone to call your own despite the fact that society compels you to hide and make harsh choices you to protect yourself, your livelihood, and your family.
Exposure is always on the forefront of Maurice's thoughts. Yet he is willing to risk all by moving forward towards his future.
"Maurice" is a quietly compelling movie about giving up pretenses in order to find happiness.