Far From the Madding Crowd

farfromthemaddingcrowd15In 1870s England, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) inherits her uncle’s estate and finds herself courted by three very different men. This remake of the 1967 film shaves an hour off but finds its own way to tell the story of a proud woman in Victorian times who decides if and when she has any use of a man in her life. An obvious attempt to portray an iconic figure from a 21st century perspective, the filmmakers wisely chose the right person to play Bathsheba; Mulligan is firmly in control and dominates her every scene. Some aspects are more down to earth than in the 1967 version, but the music and cinematography still make this a romantically rural and vivid experience. 

2015-Britain. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Screenplay: David Nicholls. Novel: Thomas Hardy. Cinematography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen. Music: Craig Armstrong. Cast: Carey Mulligan (Bathsheba Everdene), Matthias Schoenaerts (Gabriel Oak), Michael Sheen (William Boldwood), Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Rowan Hedley.

Last word: “To start with, I had a conversation with myself of how much a Thomas Vinterberg movie and how much a Thomas Hardy is this? And how modern is this and how loyal to the genre is this? I decided to go for a balance through all of these things. I wanted the Hollywood sweep of the ‘50s, that sense of Technicolor, the richness of that that I love from ‘Gone with the Wind’ and so forth. Yet still, I wanted to get away from the dusty sins of a period piece and get behind the dresses and get into the flesh and blood of these characters. So I was trying to balance all these matters from the beginning.” (Vinterberg, Coming Soon)

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