Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

DVD - 2012
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Uncertain of her future but unwilling to sacrifice her freedom, Bathsheba rejects the proposal of Gabriel Oak only to become his employer. Still in love, Gabriel can only watch as Bathsheba flirts with her neighbor, Mr. Boldwood unleashing a passionate obsession within the reserved Boldwood. Both men forsake their hearts, however, upon the arrival of the dashing soldier Frank Troy. Despite being in love with another woman himself, Troy sees a challenge in Bathsheba and sets out to win her.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, [2012]
Edition: Fullscreen version
ISBN: 9781608835942
1608835944
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (208 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Liber_vermis
Sep 12, 2015

I was disappointed by the "happy ever after" ending when the heroine was so indifferent and heartless to her ardent suitors with such tragic consequences. The cinematography didn't live up to the stunning English countryside. The dramatization of the transition from human- and horse-powered farming to mechanized farming was interesting and added another level of tension.

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hecto
Sep 14, 2014

Hats off to the screenwriter for a well-paced adaptation of the novel (complete with lots of Hardy's dialogue), and to Nicholas Renton for his sure-handed direction plus authentic evocation of the 'works and days' of rural England in the mid-19th century. Good acting all around, though Nathanial Parker is the stand-out as Gabriel Oak. Paloma Baeza is a nice, confused Bathsheba, but she is some distance from the drop-dead beauty that the male rivals continually proclaim her to be. Overall I found this mini-series version superior to the 1967 film with Julie Christie and Terrance Stamp. It will be interesting to see how the upcoming movie with Carey Mulligan will compare.

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goofy
Oct 01, 2013

I have not read the book, but this title by Hardy always intrigued me. I cannot say if this was a good adaptation from the novel. While watching the movie I wanted to often give Bathsheba a good shake for her "I'm so innocent" routine, however you still feel for her character because she is young, naive and has the notion that she knows all about life. She makes me think that she would go around saying YOLO.

lovetheclassics Feb 04, 2013

I've never read the book nor seen the earlier version so I have nothing to compare this to, but I was surprised to find myself not liking this as I continued watching. I never did finish it. It struck me as soap operish and somewhat boring. Who knows, maybe I'd find the book lacking also. While I like the actor who played Gabriel Oak, that's the only reason to keep watching it.

blackkitty Aug 26, 2012

Loved this version of Thomas Hardy's classic. Nathaniel Parker is a beautiful creature and the only thing lacking in this adaptation is more shots of him... er his character without his shirt on.

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