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 in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. At a time when homosexuality was a crime, two young men at Cambridge must keep their relationship completely secret.
Starring: Denholm Elliott, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Judy Parfitt, Billie Whitelaw, James Wilby
This 30th anniversary screening will be accompanied by a clip from Call Me by Your Name, the upcoming Sony Classics release co-written by James Ivory
I think the kind of problems that Forster dealt with in his fiction nearly a hundred years ago, those problems are still current, they don’t go away. And one of the basic problems is honesty and living an honest life. Living a life that is not corrupted by all sorts of influences like social class and all of that. But a life where you really follow your emotions, follow your truest beliefs, and you try to live an honest life. That’s really what A Room with a View and Maurice are about and equally so Howards End (AIFF2017). I don’t think that ever changes, I think what people get out of these films is a pretty modern message, coming from an author who wrote it almost a hundred years ago.These are not new problems, they are enduring problems of life today everywhere.
Director’s Statement: James Ivory