exactly what it says on the tin – far from the madding crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd ….. a sumptuous and exquisite film. That I guess will stay with you for a good while.

I think most of you in my age remember the fantastic version of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel from  1967, staring Julie Christie as Bathsheba and Alan Bates, Peter Finch and the gorgeous Terence Stamp as the three men in her life.

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Just a magnificent movie and who would think that anyone could do it better – and now  it has happen with the Danish director, Thomas Vinterberg. I didn’t move from the couch during the 119 min.

Absolutely stunning movie; the acting, the scenery and the intense love story beautifully filmed movie set in the English countryside and coastline. The breathtaking cinematography is Charlotte Bruus Christensen, a Danish cinematographer, responsible.

The Australian designer Janet Patterson is behind the gorgeous costumes. Craig Armstrong is the man behind the soundtrack, is a British composer of modern orchestral music, electronica and film scores. I think you can guess that I love the soundtrack.

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Carey Mulligan – Bathsheba Everdene
Matthias Schoenaerts – Gabriel Oak
Michael Sheen – William Boldwood
Tom Sturridge – Sergeant Francis Troy
Juno Temple – Fanny Robbin

Director; Thomas Vinterberg    Music; Craig Armstrong    Cinematography; Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Production company; BBC Films & DNA Films
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

“Based on Thomas Hardy’s 19th century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man’s complete and helpless adoration. And she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence.” (written by alfiehitchie/imdb.com)

The film does cut out a lot from the book and changes some scenes, it is quite a faithful adaption and stays true to the characters and story. There are very few extra scenes and the changes make sense, and mainly there to enhance the plot.

All the male characters are so well played, Michael Sheen being outstanding, although Matthias Schoenaert have Gabriel’s considerate and reserve man into an attractive and characteristic sheep farmer.

Somebody has written; If you are not completely in love with Carey Mulligan by the end of this film, there is something wrong with you (scott johnson from United States/imdb.com). This version allowing us to see who Bathsheba is through her own eyes.

Quite a few of the “loved it” reviews I have read …. wanted  the movie to be longer and I agree. I could without any problem not be moving for another 30  min.

But one wrote that the film is not far from Danielle Steele and called it pure soap, we have all the right to an opinion. madding crowd - cinedork com

Personal I think that we need pure romantic as entertainment and especially when it’s this good. We have for years now invited violence to make us entertained through  all action, horror and thriller movies ….,  I  personal think that our world  and we need all the beauty and romance we can get and this movie does that. Don’t take me wrong I enjoy a good action and thriller too.

Also the critic’s have split opinions about this film (what’s new???!!), but Michael Adams from Examiner.com call the movie  magnificent breath of fresh air and he also say it is about as near to perfection as a film can be. And I give Michael my vote.

It’s such fantastic novel …. and I think that it’s going to be hard to tell the story in a much bettter visual way then this.The good things is that Bathsheba makes the right choice and that fantastic kiss.

“Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness.”
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21 thoughts on “exactly what it says on the tin – far from the madding crowd

  1. A total must – I can feel it! Thank you, Viveka! Thomas Hardy is a master of this kind of writing and I assume the movie has “got it”.

  2. My grandmum appeared as an extra in the 1967 adaptation of this Hardy classic, so I could easily have been biased. However, this film was a pleasure to watch and managed to convey a lot of drama and atmosphere without unnecessary dialogue. I love the Dorset countryside and it was only right and proper that the film was filmed on location in Hardy’s county where it belongs. My only complaint, which I will try to make without giving anything away, is that the way the character Frank was portrayed was a bit too odd.

    • Wow, what an interesting story … I have seen that version too, but I like this better – but on the other hand had 1967 version, Terence Stamp in it. He was so handsome and exotic. This version had the most beautiful setting. Love the story!

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