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Howards End: 25th anniversary 4k restoration , 1992.
Directed by James Ivory.
Based on the novel by E M Forster, the story of three families. The Schlegels, two educated, politically minded sisters and their scholarly brother. The Wilcox family, headed by a wealthy businessman. And the Basts, she with a shady past and he constantly struggling to keep enough money coming into their down at heel home. They are all linked by the country house called Howards End.
In the late 80s and early 90s, the combination of producer Ishmael Merchant and director James Ivory could do no wrong. It had been a long haul – their company was founded in 1961 – but A Room With A View (1986) changed all that and they reached their peak with another E M Forster adaptation, Howards End (1992), followed swiftly by »
- Freda Cooper
Do you not think that Maurice’s moustache would be the making of him?
No. It’s revolting.
This exchange about an hour into Merchant-Ivory’s 1987 classic gem Maurice, made me laugh so hard. There are so many moustaches in Maurice. It must’ve been the fashion in Edwardian England. But Hugh Grant’s Clive Durham is right, Maurice’s is revolting. But then how come later on he grows one even more revolting. In the world of Maurice, moustaches are the ultimate boner killers.
Maurice (James Wilby) and Grant’s Clive meet when they are students at Cambridge in 1909 and fall in love. Their relationship means a bit more to Maurice, he’s so smitten. And who wouldn’t be infatuated with Grant at the height of his floppy haired gorgeousness. Clive though always keeps him at an arm’s length, never succumbing to carnality. And we »
- Murtada Elfadl
By Jose Solís.
Can you believe Maurice came out 30 years ago? James Ivory’s film adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel was released in the fall of 1987, a year after the Oscar winning A Room with a View. While it was never as celebrated as the former, throughout the years it’s come to be more highly regarded for its groundbreaking Lgbtq romance, and as the film that launched Hugh Grant’s screen career.
The tale of forbidden love between the title character (played by James Wilby) and a male servant (Rupert Graves) is filled with pithy dialogue, handsome actors and a then unparalleled sensuality when it comes to conveying gay romance. Its influence can be seen in countless films that came after it, yet for decades it remained the happiest of Lgbtq screen romances. That's a position I discussed with Mr. Ivory as the film is being re-released in »
In 1987, James Ivory‘s Maurice first premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where he picked up the Silver Lion award as Best Director. Thirty years later, the Cohen Media Group has acquired the rights for the Merchant Ivory Production and will be revitalizing the gay period romance with a brand-new 4K restoration.
Starring James Wilby and Hugh Grant as two undergraduate students at Cambridge University, it follows the two characters, Maurice and Clive, as they fell in love at the University during a time when homosexuality in England was a punishable offense by the law. Judging from the preview, it looks to be a gorgeous restoration following recent previous Ivory re-releases.
Check out the trailer and poster below via Indiewire.
Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. »
- The Film Stage
It’s been 30 years since we last saw James Wilby and Hugh Grant fall in love on the screen in James Ivory’s beautiful gay-themed film “Maurice.” Now, Cohen Media Group —which has acquired 30 titles from the Merchant Ivory Productions library— is releasing a brand new 4K restoration of the 1987 romantic drama, which will screen next month at New York City’s historic Quad Cinema, following the theater’s reopening this Friday, April 14.
Based on E.M. Forster’s 1971 novel by the same name, “Maurice” followed the story of two undergraduate Cambridge students, Maurice (Wilby) and Clive (Grant), who fall in love at a time when any reference of homosexuality at the English university was omitted and same-sex relationships was punishable by the law.
The film also starred Rupert Graves and Ben Kingsleyco. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Memory is a funny thing. One can feel so certain of one’s own memories that it is jarring when others’ recollection of events does not match.
The tricks of memory are at the heart of the unforgettable The Sense Of An Ending, director Ritesh Batra’s screen adaptation of Julian Barnes’ short novel. In this American/British film, Jim Broadbent stars as Tony Webster, a curmudgeonly older man who lives alone, opening his tiny camera repair shop daily and seeming to live a joyless existence. His shop only sells and repairs old Leica cameras, and he seems to regard the occasional customer more as an interruption than the reason for this business. His dull routine is interrupted by the arrival of a letter, informing him he as been left something in a will. »
- Cate Marquis
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