Episode 72: James Ivory’s Maurice (1987)

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In this episode, I talk about James Ivory’s 1987 film, “Maurice.” It’s based on the novel of the same name by E.M. Forster. It’s set in 1910 and tells the story of Maurice Hall, a young man who attends Cambridge University and falls in love with Clive Durham. The film follows them over several years, tracing the turmoil of their relationship. Clive eventually marries, and Maurice finds love with Alec Scudder, a man who works on Clive’s estate. Made and released in the 1980s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, “Maurice” is a film that celebrates and affirms queer love. It features brilliant performances by James Wilby, Hugh Grant, and Rupert Graves, who all were deeply committed to their roles. For this episode, I talk about E.M. Forster, Merchant Ivory Productions, the filming of “Maurice,” and I explain why this dreamy and romantic film continues to enchant me.

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