This sumptuous period drama from James Ivory offers romance and heartbreak in the English countryside.
Dir James Ivory
With James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves
Digital 4K (in NFT1 and NFT3 only, 2K elsewhere)
A BFI release
Edwardian society was still reeling from the Oscar Wilde trial, and EM Forster was acutely aware of the social pressures and sanctions surrounding same-sex relationships. Unfolding in Cambridge, London and the English countryside, the story follows repressed and bourgeois Maurice Hall (a brilliant Wilby), who’s surprised by his own passions, first for a fellow student (Grant), and later for a lowly gamekeeper (Graves).Oscar®-nominated for its costume design, this is a landmark film in the history of gay cinema, and one that presents a positive and enriching portrait of a loving relationship.
Brian Robinson, BFI Flare programmer