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Maurice (pronounced Morris) is a 1987 British film based on the novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. It is a tale of homosexual love in early 20th century England, following its main character Maurice Hall from his school days through university until he is united with his life partner.
It was produced by Ismail Merchant via Merchant Ivory Productions and Channel Four Films. It was directed by James Ivory and written by Ivory and Kit Hesketh-Harvey. The cinematography was by Pierre Lhomme. In the style of Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View, old book endpapers accompany the theme music played in minor scale at the beginning and in major scale at the end to bracket the film as a cinematographic novel.
The film stars James Wilby as Maurice, Hugh Grant as Clive and Rupert Graves as Alec. The supporting cast included Denholm Elliott as Dr Barry, Simon Callow as Mr Ducie, Billie Whitelaw as Mrs Hall and Ben Kingsley as Lasker-Jones.
During a trip to a windswept beach, Maurice Hall, an eleven-year-old school boy, receives instructions about the “sacred mysteries” of sex from his teacher, who wants to explain to the fatherless boy the changes he would experience in puberty.
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