Happy 29th Anniversary, Maurice (James Ivory, UK, 1987), 1987–2016!
9.45pm, Sunday 30 August 1987: This night 28 years ago, audiences in the Sale Grande on the Venice Lido witnessed Maurice’s world premiere, in competition at the 44th Venice Film Festival
(XLIVe Mostra Internationale Del Cinema, Venezia), Italy.
2 hours 20 minutes later, Maurice was greeted at Venice by an initial stunned silence (and some tears), followed by a prolonged standing ovation (x).
James Wilby (Maurice Hall) and Hugh
Grant (Clive Durham) – at the time, young unknowns in their first major film role – shared the festival’s Best Actor award.
Director James Ivory was awarded Venice’s Silver Lion; and a special award, the
Golden Osella, went to the late composer Richard Robbins for Maurice’s unforgettable score.
Shockingly, this is my fifth(!) year of Maurice anniversary posts – so, friends and Mauricians, feel free to explore my Maurice OPs archive and Maurice tags. :) Anniversary posts are tagged maurice 25, maurice 26, etc – plus additional specials like the sands!maurice tag (not for the fainthearted). There will be a few more posts this year, too…