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Maurice [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Special Edition]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • E.M. Forster's provocative 1914 novel, published posthumously in 1971, is brought to the screen by director James Ivory in this beautifully photographed film. Set in pre-World War I England, the film concerns the coming of age of two young men who meet at Cambridge University and fall in love. Maurice (James Wilby, who played Anthony Hopkins's son, Charles Wilcox, in REMAINS OF THE DAY) and Clive (Hugh Grant) struggle with their hearts within the confines of a rigid society's moral hypocrisy. Clive eventually succumbs to a traditional life after witnessing the social banishment and imprisonment endured by another gay friend, Viscount Risley (Mark Tandy). But Maurice struggles with his sexual desires and chooses a more difficult, but honest, way of life. When a young gamekeeper (Rupert Graves) returns his affections, Maurice experiences his first real happiness. The film deals with trademark Merchant-Ivory themes involving individuals who are trapped by their society's strict conventions and who often attempt to break free, with varying consequences of fulfillment or disaster.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MAU010

  • Credits
    James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Phoebe Nicholls, Sarah Nicholls, Ben Kingsley, Krishna Banji, Ben Kingsley
  • Critic Reviews
    "...It is subtle, intelligent, moving, and absorbing; also extraordinary, in the way it mixes fear and pleasure, horror and love..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A keen sense of the exquisite....Subtly scathing..."
    New York Times

    "...Technically immaculate....[The] visuals are sharp..."
    Variety

    "...MAURICE is well-nigh flawless, starting with its performances in which the slightest inflection can be loaded with significance..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Ivory provides his critique with an exquisite cinematic tableau....[H]e turns a tale of hopeful liberation into a classic love story."
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