Maurice

Maurice

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Director: James Ivory

Cast: James Ivory, James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves

     
 

James Ivory and Ismail Merchant's Maurice, a tale of homosexual love set in a time and place when such a relationship was forbidden by law, gets a stately DVD release thanks to Home Vision. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo.See more details below

Overview

James Ivory and Ismail Merchant's Maurice, a tale of homosexual love set in a time and place when such a relationship was forbidden by law, gets a stately DVD release thanks to Home Vision. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. The extensive supplemental materials include new interviews with the director, the producer, the screenwriter, and the cast, including Hugh Grant; deleted scenes; and an alternate opening with a commentary by Ivory. The original theatrical trailer rounds out this fine disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Written in 1914, but published only after its author's death because he didn't wish to cause a scandal, Maurice is E.M. Forster's most personal novel, though it's also his least meaty. Unlike most of Merchant-Ivory's other Forster adaptations, then, Maurice boils its source material down to an essence without losing any of the flavor. As the callow title character, James Wilby does a good job fumbling toward self-knowledge in a social landscape devoid of self-help manuals or vaguely respectable role models. His character's arc may have become a tad overfamiliar in the years since the book was written, let alone since the movie came out, but in the context of pre-World War I England, it resonates. Hugh Grant, meanwhile, gets to have all the fun as Clive Durham, the lover who lapses from intellectual devotion into self-delusion as adulthood plies its many pressures. James Ivory's script insists on depicting Clive as a clear-cut closet case rather than exploring the ambiguous conception of homosexuality in an era before modern ideas about sexual orientation had taken shape. It's to Grant's credit, then, that he makes Clive's inner torment so wrenching. Rupert Graves' gay groundskeeper doesn't show up till the third act, but his unvarnished charm adds some much-needed grit and momentum to a film that sometimes seems to depict coming out of the closet as an endless attack of the vapors. Ultimately, Forster's conflation of working-class vitality with personal freedom is a little too pat for modern audiences. But, seen in its historical context as both a novel and a film, Maurice is as interesting as it is entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
UPC:
0037429179024
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Merchant Ivory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:20:00

Special Features

Luminous new high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions; "Conversation With the Filmmakers," part of a new series of interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Richard Robbins; "The Story of Maurice," featuring new interviews with screenwriter Kit Hesketh-Harvey and actors James Wilby, Hugh Grant, and Rupert Graves; Over 30 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes, including a reconstructed opening sequence, with commentary by James Ivory; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Wilby Maurice Hall
Hugh Grant Clive Durham
Rupert Graves Alec Scudder
Denholm Elliott Dr. Barry
Simon Callow Mr. Ducie
Billie Whitelaw Mrs. Hall
Ben Kingsley Lasker-Jones
Judy Parfitt Mrs. Durham
Phoebe Nicholls Anne Durham
Mark Tandy Risley
Helena Michell Ada Hall
Kitty Aldridge Kitty Hall
Patrick Godfrey Simcox
Michael Jenn Archie
Barry Foster Dean Cornwalis
Peter Eyre Mr. Borenius
Catherine Rabett Pippa Durham
Orlando Wells Young Maurice
Helena Bonham Carter Bonham,Young Lady at Cricket Match
Andrew St. Clair Undergraduate
Harriet Thorpe Barmaid
Julian Wadham Hull
Richard Warner Judge
Alan Whybrow Mr. Scudder

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director,Screenwriter
Brian Ackland-Snow Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Bradley Associate Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Celestia Fox Casting
Kit Hesketh-Harvey Screenwriter
Mary Hillman Makeup
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Mike Shoring Sound/Sound Designer
Katherine Wenning Editor
Michael Zimbrich Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening Credits/"The Sacred Mystery of Sex" [6:19]
2. Michaelmas Term, 1909, Cambridge [3:13]
3. Meeting Clive Durham [4:09]
4. "The Unspeakable Vice of the Greeks" [5:28]
5. "Your Father Always Went to Church" [1:33]
6. First Embrace [6:38]
7. "Can't You Kiss Me?" [4:32]
8. Maurice Returns Home [2:01]
9. Pendersleigh Park, 1910 [5:33]
10. The City, 1911 [2:56]
11. Viscount Risley Arrested [6:29]
12. Clive Breaks Down [6:27]
13. Durham Visits Greece [2:25]
14. "Can the Leopard Change its Spots?" [7:02]
15. Maurice and Ada [2:00]
16. "Clive Durham Is to Be Married" [5:54]
17. A Visit With Dr. Barry [4:34]
18. Pendersleigh, Autumn, 1913 [12:34]
19. Maurice Hypnotized [4:00]
20. Alec Scudder [10:25]
21. Cricket Match [6:07]
22. A Second Visit With the Dr. Lasker-Jones [3:07]
23. Scudder Visits London [11:11]
24. Southampton Sendoff [7:56]
25. The Boathouse [4:30]
26. End Credits [2:38]

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