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Maurice

I have now seen an eviscerated version of Maurice (1987), that is the beginning up to early stages of Maurice's (James Whilby) relationship with Clive (Hugh Grant), then skipping to the fun bits where Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves) shows up. I also watched a few deleted scenes and interviews with the actors and screenwriter, which took me past bedtime.

They are all very pretty. But I think I liked better looking at the actors as they were in the interviews, which were from 2004 or so.

I think this will reward further watching! This was Graves' second film, and he seems really, really young in it. Weirdly, he seems younger to me than in the bits of A Room With a View that I've seen (I never saw it all the way through, either). Maybe because in the one, he's clearly a boy, but in the other, he's a young man, not entirely formed yet. I especially loved his body language - I almost didn't need to hear his words, or at least most of them. Best scene: Alec and Maurice under an umbrella.

Hugh Grant played...it felt like the same character he always plays, except not straight. It was right for the movie, though.

I was impressed with James Whilby, particularly towards the end; you could see his character developing a spine as he accepted himself. Something in the muscles of the face? His posture? I never saw "Foyle's War" but am now a tad curious.

Ben Kingsley must never try to do an American accent like that again. Please. Don't make him. *whimper* I might have had nightmares.

ETA: Forgot to mention, bonus use of Allegri's "Miserere." Which totally threw me out of the story because I've performed it, but that's not the movie's fault.

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drinkingcocoa
Mar. 1st, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hugh Grant is prettier young, but the other two have improved with age, I find.

I am watching A Room with a View now and I find Graves to feel younger in that one, more nervous and uncontrolled, whereas I find the Scudder portrayal to be much more deliberately crafted.

What did you think of the love scenes???

James Wilby didn't make much of an impression on me when I saw the film 1987 and the couple of times thereafter; it was all Graves for me then. Now, it's hard to tell, since I'm watching it on purpose for Graves, but I do think it could have been the same movie with a different actor playing Maurice. Not the same movie if someone else (who can't have been as good, I think -- really, who could have?) had played Scudder.
oracne
Mar. 1st, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
The love scenes were much shorter than I had expected! I liked the semi-awkward realism of them, and the casual way Scudder walks around the hotel room, getting dressed.
drinkingcocoa
Mar. 1st, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Alas, yes, too short. Could have gone on for another half hour as far as I was concerned. I was grateful for the deleted extra scene. James Ivory said he was sorry they'd deleted it and it made me want to kick him. Put it back, then!!!
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