Maurice (1987)

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Two male English school chums find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. Safe in the security of Edwardian England, Maurice becomes spellbound by the romantic attentions of Clive, a brilliant intellectual. To regain his place in society, Clive gives up his forbidden love, Maurice and marries. Clive’s desertion devastates Maurice, until he finds unexpected redemption in the love of one of Clive’s servants Alec While staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne. Rejecting the codes of “acceptable” love adhered to by Clive and his class, Maurice arrives at a truer honesty.

James Wilby as Maurice Hall, Rupert Graves as Alec Scudder and Hugh Grant as Clive Durham.

Edward Morgan Foster had poured his heart & soul in the novel “Maurice” an uniquewriting, the beauty of word, a true classic.

Maurice went ashore, drunk with excitement and happiness. He watched the steamer move, and suddenly she reminded him of the Viking’s funeral that had thrilled him as a boy. The parallel was false, yet she was heroic, she was carrying away death. She warped out from the quay, Fred yapping, she swung into the channel to the sound of cheers, she was off at last, a sacrifice, a splendour, leaving smoke that thinned into the sunset, and ripples that died against the wooded shores. For a long time he fazed after her, then turned to England. His journey was nearly over. He was bound for his new home. He had brought out the man in Alec, and now it was Alec’s turn to bring out the hero in him. He knew what the call was, and what his answer must be. They must live outside class, without relations or money; they must work and stick to each other till death. But England belonged to them. That, besides companionship, was their reward. Her air and sky were theirs, not the timorous millions’ who own stuffy little boxes, but never their own souls.

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‘Maurice’ had a deep emotional impact on the viewers.  James Ivory Has Beautifully Sighted the whole thing. This movie is above all accomplished by the excellent acting. It cites a pure and convincing story about struggling to be true to oneself in a world of not only prejudice and firm standards but even serious legal sanctions. ‘Maurice’ is far more romantic than most heterosexual love stories, The love and longing of these men seems so real and pure, especially by the fact that they are consistently being told that their inclination is `unspeakable’, and their futures and careers are at stake.

Even the movie has a unique ending. ‘Maurice’ is the 1st gay Movie which has a happy ending, the characters are not dying unexpectedly or becoming mourned because of the then social stature, which is much promising in this film, even Ivory himself admitted the fact in one interview. The music score is enthralling. Music director has used rare orchestral sound mixes which made the ambiance of the film much touch stone.

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  1. Anonymous

    Watching ‘Maurice’ was a significant experience for me. I read the book within a couple of years of watching the film. I had always admired the novels of E. M. Forster but was completely in dark about this work of his, prior to the film. I would say that ‘Maurice’, ‘Howards End’ and ‘A Room with a View’ are the finest literary adaptations attempted by the Merchant Ivory team, and ‘Maurice’ ranks as the most favorite of mine from amongst them.

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