Favourite Maurice things, 13/27 [continues my ‘Maurice 26’ series]
‘Once a term the whole school went for a walk…’: Maurice’s opening credits
I’ve always loved the way Maurice introduces its lead actors in synch with the rhythm, detail, dialogue and unfolding themes of its brilliant opening sequence – but especially the bit of action between child Maurice (Orlando Wells) and the dark-haired boy who snatches his cap that ‘happens’ to coincide with Rupert’s star credit as Alec Scudder.
The tension between the two boys (and the way the dark kid unsettles Maurice and goads him into getting down and dirty in the sand) surely anticipates Maurice/Alec’s later courtship … and the cap-snatching is reversed ten years later. ;))