Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Maurice

1987, James Ivory, UK, 140 min. With James Wilby, Hugh Grant.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 30th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 1st 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 2nd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jul 3rd 7:30pm
  • Thu, Jul 6th 7:45pm
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"James Ivory's superb screen translation of E.M. Forster's 'Maurice' is not some condescending sociopolitical commentary on homosexuality...It's woozy, unadulterated romance, an intoxicating tuxedo-ripper set against the elegant priggishness of England's post-Edwardian gentry." — Rita Kempley, Washington Post

"Passionate yet civilized, candid yet dignified, MAURICE is among the few genuinely romantic gay films ever made and a landmark of the genre." — Dale Winogoura, Frontiers

In the 1980s, the producer-director team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory achieved renown for their acclaimed series of intelligent, elegant literary adaptations, three of the them based on E.M. Forster works. Coming between A ROOM WITH A VIEW and HOWARDS END, MAURICE is based on a 1914 Forster novel that went unpublished until 1971 because of its explicitly homosexual theme. Set in pre-World War I Britain, the story centers on the relationship between Cambridge students Maurice (Wilby) and Clive (Grant), whose platonic love affair is later broken off by Clive for fear of severe social and legal consequences — consequences that are risked by Maurice when he is wooed by a passionate servant lad (Rupert Graves). The film is enlivened by a sharp sense of satire (conveyed by such superb supporting players as Simon Callow, Denholm Elliott, and Ben Kingsley) aimed at the prudery and conformity of British society, which, as one character notes, "has always been disinclined to accept human nature." MAURICE's mainstream provenance might cause one to overlook its importance in the evolution of gay cinema — it was one of the rare films of its era to portray homosexuals who are not doomed, sinister, or pathetic. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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