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Archived: Maurice (1987)

director: James Ivory

composer: Richard Robbins
With: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, a.o.

duration: 140 minutes
Drama, Costume

Film Fest Gent - Maurice

ATTENTION: Subtitles are Dutch, not Dutch + French as previously announced.

"At King's College, Cambridge in 1909, fellow students Maurice Hall and Clive Durham feel more for each other than mere friendship. But sexual contact, never mind the "unspeakable vice of the Greeks" as their Plato professor calls it, remains taboo. For fear of being ostracised, like one of their classmates, they keep their love secret. Later, after Clive has made a marriage befitting his station, they maintain a purely platonic friendship. When Maurice begins a relationship with the Durham's gamekeeper, it seems as if he has found happiness.

Following their Oscar-winning turn with 'A Room with a View' (1985), the team of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant took on this second film based on a book by E.M. Forster; although the novel had been written in 1913/14, it could not be published until after his death in 1970. In melancholy tones, the film deals sensitively with the grief of a forbidden love. The rigorously detailed production design precisely captures the Edwardian zeitgeist, while at the same time, the exquisite composition of the camerawork reveals the narrow-mindedness of a society in which prudery and hypocrisy rule." (Berlinale)

"A lush, lavish period drama that offers one of the most poignant gay love stories ever committed to film, not to mention a respectable dose of (still rare) male nudity." (Rodney F.Hill, Cineaste) 


director: James Ivory
composer: Richard Robbins
producer: Ismail Merchant, Cinecom Pictures
screenplay: E.M. Forster, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, James Ivory
Editor: Katherine Wenning
Cinematography: Pierre Lhomme

production company: Merchant Ivory Productions

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
country: United Kingdom
year: 1987


JAMES IVORY: Venice: Themes and Variations (1957, short), The Sword and the Flute (1959, short), The Householder (1963), The Delhi Way (1964), Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), The Guru (1969), Bombay Talkie (1970), Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (1972, TV movie), Savages (1972), The Wild Party (1975), Autobiography of a Princess (1975), Roseland (1977), Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978, TV movie), The Europeans (1979), Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980), Quartet (1981), Heat… Show more

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,66

Other festival films by director James Ivory

1981:Jane Austen in Manhattan
1980:Europeans, the
1976:Autobiography of a princess


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