Maurice

Maurice

Movie: Maurice
Director: James Ivory
Produced by: Cinecom Pictures, Film Four International, Merchant-Ivory Productions
Released By: Cinecom Pictures
MPAA Rating: R

Director James Ivory brings his subdued, “Masterpiece Theater” style to a forbidden subject — homosexual love. Maurice is based on E.M. Forster’s suppressed 1914 novel that was held back from publication until after his death. The film takes place at Cambridge, before World War I, when homosexuality was outlawed in Great Britain. Clive, an aristocratic Englishman with a life of privilege, suddenly shocks his close friend Maurice by declaring his love for him. Maurice is initially stunned by the pronouncement, but in the end finds himself giving Clive a passionate kiss and telling him that he loves him as well. Clive, in the stiff-upper-lip British manner, considers their love to be more of an intellectual concept, but Maurice becomes passionate about the affair. Clive, afraid of being exposed as a homosexual, backs off and breaks up with Maurice for marriage, family, and politics. Maurice is crestfallen, but then he has a passionate affair with Clive’s gamekeeper, Scudder, and Maurice and Scudder decide to risk their reputations by openly living together as lovers.

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