Monday, February 20, 2006

What is wrong with the Merchant-Ivory film of E.M. Forster's "Maurice"

(I am going to write this up before I faint. I am)

They deal with Cambridge in twenty minutes, during which they do nothing without doors. People open doors, close doors, stand in doorways and rush through doors. Probably deeply symbolic and all that, but hardly right. Also, it is impossible to prep Sophocles without a Liddell and Scott, which they all seem to do.

HG was appalling casting, and he hardly convinces. He is not nearly good enough a Classicist. You do not look at him and think "That man could do Aeschylus unseen!" Nor do you hear him talk, as he hardly talks about classics for the entire film. And they drop the Symposium reference (it is referred to as those books. Not the same thing). He also cannot do the romance scenes at all.

The London part of the book involves too much socialising and they attend large Bloomsbury type parties, which is not what happens in the novel. In an attempt to make the film interesting the invent a subplot involving Risley being arrested. They drop the telegram during Greece as well. And all the times Clive says "Maurice, dear" in the latter part of the novel (giving the impression that he is rather confused, which is true, and odd that they dropped it). They do at least keep the strange hand kissing scene.

Finally, Alec is the major love affair! Pourquoi? And you are supposed to find him deeply sexy because of the improbable accent and the exploding hair. They spend about an hour and a half on the Alec plot. It makes no sense. (the plot or how they filmed it). Two and a half hours is far too long anyway.

Righto, I may faint.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah. I really must see that. Sounds awfulyl terrible, terribly awful.

Suggest more sleep, and less fainting. Also suggest herbal teas.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Juliet Evans said...

There are indeed many doors! And the Alec thing is very strange. The Sophocles prep thing is rather confusing, Zazzi asumed that the reason they were reading so slowly was that they were illiterate.

12:05 PM  
Blogger zazzi said...

:P Yes, well, as I didn't recognise what they were saying, not being v. well versed in Sophocles, I assumed, and rightly so, I believe, that they were illiterate!
Also, yes. Doors. And Alec = so, so very cool. Esp. hair. Borislike, almost.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*gets absurdly excited over Boris Johnson's hair, for absolutely no reason whatsoever*

What exactly was that challenge about, anyhow?.

1:27 PM  
Blogger pseudo bohemian loser said...

K, in a bizarre departure from character have actually slept some of the time. (though I fail to believe it's a good idea, too many dreams/visions, and too much screaming)

Alec's hair is disturbing, and a different colour but rather reminiscent of J's when an essay is due.


1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which J?

Challenge in reference ot Boris. Ask brydges.

2:14 PM  

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