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James Ivory and James Wilby look back at the making of 'Maurice,' a time when gay happy endings were rare

James Ivory and James Wilby look back at the making of 'Maurice,' a time when gay happy endings were rare

For some, seeing two men kiss on-screen may still be startling. But 30 years ago, before male lips began locking in movies and TV shows on an increasingly frequent — and decreasingly controversial — basis, the film adaptation of “Maurice,” E.M. Forster’s novel about gay love in Edwardian England, was considered an especially bold, often groundbreaking entry.

“Maurice” is one of 30 works from the iconic filmmaking team of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant — longtime partners in business and in life — acquired by Cohen Media Group for restoration and re-release, under the creative direction of Ivory. (Merchant died in 2005).

The film opens June 2 in a new 4K scan...

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