Cinema: Twits Atwitter MAURICE

Directed by James Ivory Screenplay by Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James Ivory

What would English literature -- or for that matter, English sexuality -- have done without gamy gamekeepers, lurking unrepressed in the gorse, ready to help the privileged class assert its true randy nature? What the ineffable Mellors did for Lady Chatterley, Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves) does for Maurice Hall (James Wilby) in this adaptation of E.M. Forster's fantasy about physically fulfilling the love that once upon a time dared not speak its name.

Scudder appears not a moment too soon, but still rather too late to rescue a movie in which Maurice and his great love, Clive (Hugh Grant), spend unconscionable...

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