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still from Maurice (James Ivory, GB 1987)

Maurice

Maurice

James Ivory / GB, 1987 / 140 min.

Hugh Grant and James Wilby play the leads in this film version of Forster’s tale of forbidden male love in 1914. It wasn’t until 1970 that the book could be published. Both of the leads picked up awards in Venice.

poster Maurice (James Ivory, GB 1987)
Maurice evokes the stifling conformity of English society on the eve of World War I. Maurice Hall (James Wilby) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant) are studying at Cambridge and fall in love. As homosexuality is illegal in Edwardian England, they have to hide their feelings for one another entirely; in 1895 poet, dandy and public personality Oscar Wilde had been sentenced to two years imprisonment for his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas. When a friend is arrested for homosexuality, Clive leaves his forbidden love and marries a young woman.

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Details

Director

James Ivory

Production year

1987

Country

GB

Original title

Maurice

Length

140 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NLD

Format

DCP

Part of

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