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Set at Cambridge University in the early 1900's, upper-crust, DDG Maurice Hall (James Wilby) has a brief, intense affair - "lovers in "body, mind, and soul" - with a fellow student, the wealthy, DDDG* Clive Durham (Hugh Grant). Ultimately, Durham rejects him, opting for the safety, in a repressive age, of a conventional married life.
As Maurice begins to accept his homosexuality, one of the Durham family's servants, the young, DDG Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves), falls in love with him and initiates a passionate affair. It founders, broken by class-differences, and the knowledge that to turn toward each other, they will be forced to turn away from the lives they've known.
Finally, at a clandestine nighttime meeting at a boathouse on the Durham estate, they reunite. Though we don't know what the future will bring them, it seems possible that - in their eyes alone and with barely a word - they have married.
*Definitely Drop-Dead Gorgeous
The film is based on the novel by E.M. Forster, which he felt too controversial to publish during his lifetime.
Director: James Ivory
Producers: Ismail Merchant; Paul Bradley
Writers: , Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Music: Richard Robbins
Cinematography: Pierre Lhomme
Editor: Apologies to Katherine Wenning
Studio: Merchant Ivory Productions; Film Four International
Distributer: Cinecom Pictures (US)
Release date: 1987
I only included scenes, and portions of scenes, clearly reflecting the relationships between Maurice, Durham and Scudder. I also left out scenes and moments that, while focused directly on the experience of being gay, weren't necessary to tell the essential story, and, for me, got in the way of showing complex, intimate, and very romantic relationships between men.
I don't think I'll ever again take the time to do something like this. However, as it did for so many people - particularly gay men - Maurice had a really deep affect on me (obviously.) Hope you like it. I also hope that any violations of copyright are understood by people associated with Maurice, to be an admirer's tribute to the film.