The repressed and bourgeois Maurice Hall (James Wilby) tackles the prejudices of Edwardian society as he comes to terms with his sexuality, in this landmark drama from the team behind A Room with a View and Howards End.
From the halls of Cambridge University to the cricket fields of the English gentry, this profound tale of emotional and sexual awakening features star-making performances from Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves, and perfectly captures the fears and joys of submitting to a forbidden desire.
Described by The Guardian as ‘undervalued and underseen’ and a pre-cursor to the James Ivory-scripted Call Me By Your Name, Maurice is a landmark film as important as any in the history of gay cinema and one that presents a positive and enriching portrait of first love.
A re-release of the 1987 film, based on the novel by E.M Forster. (No Audio Description available)
Director: James Ivory
Starring: Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Simon Callow
“Far from dated, Merchant Ivory’s Maurice looks positively ahead of its time: an honestly strait-laced depiction of alternative sexuality that dared to play by the same rules as any other respectable costume drama.”
“Pure sensual agony”
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“One of the strongest Merchant Ivory films”
“So handsome to look at and so intelligently acted”
Many of the film’s admirers have waited for this reappearance of Maurice, which vanished from theaters in Britain a long time ago. I’m as thankful to the BFI for bringing it back as its fans are – maybe more, because I can now see it myself as it was meant to be seen, on a big screen, in a perfect restoration.
– James Ivory