Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

DVD - 2009
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Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man's complete and helpless adoration. She captures the lives and loves of three very different men. Gabriel Oak is a sheep farmer who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage. William Boldwood is an older, prosperous man who had been a confirmed bachelor. Sergeant Frank Troy is a handsome, but reckless swordsman whose given to sudden fits of violence.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781419873478
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD FAR


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Apr 20, 2018

If you enjoy 1960s films from England based on 19th century (Victorian) fiction, this may be a winner for you to watch. Some scenes (horrifying to watch) are not for the faint of heart, especially not fot animal lovers. Just a heads up.

Other than the unfortunate scenes of first person narrative via the use of the steady-camera to create a state-of-mind effect in the viewer of the character in question, the rest of the film is well-played by the actors. The storyline is epic in scale, thus the nearly three-hour length.

Jun 19, 2016

Beautifully done and perfectly cast.

Sep 02, 2015

This movie was released in 1967, not 1970. Looking forward to seeing it. Thank you for bringing it into the KCLS.

Dec 17, 2014

Julie Christe, Terence Stamp, Alan Bates and Peter Finch headline this gorgeous adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 19th century novel. Stubborn and headstrong Bathsheba, just recently come into a large inheritance, finds herself being pursued by three very different suitors; a dashing cavalry officer with a heart of ice, an aging landowner desperate for one last chance at love, and a simple shepherd who has all but given up on her. Aided by Nicholas Roeg's sumptuous widescreen vistas of the Dorset countryside this 3-hour epic practically drips tragedy, heartbreak and romance from every frame. It doesn't quite reach the level of passion it was aiming for but all is easily forgiven.

Jan 08, 2014

I gave this decidedly silly, 19th Century, "Thomas Hardy" soap opera a 2-star rating solely for its impressive cinematography, its period setting, and its costumes - And, that's it!_____ Other than that, this 168-minute yawn... I mean, yarn, whose story moved along at an absolute snail's pace, was impossible for me to sit through without doing some very serious fast-forwarding about every 10 minutes, or so._____ Perhaps one actually needs to read Hardy's novel (of the same name) first to fully appreciate all of the subtle nuances that lay buried deep beneath this film's ever-growing pile of pure horse manure._____ From my point of view, this film's highlight was an unintentionally hilarious scene at the beginning of the story where a shepherd's demented herding dog deliberately drives a whole flock of sheep over a very steep cliff. Yes. It was tragic that this dizzy dog did this (and, yes, the dog promptly got its brains blown out by the shepherd's shotgun as a result), but, all the same, it was quite a hoot to watch._____ And, believe me, when it came to the lack of honest-to-goodness excitement in this over-long picture, everything that followed the chaotic scene with the dog and the sheep and the shepherd seemed to send this film's thrill-factor spiralling steadily downwards into the dregs of dullness.

voisjoe1 Mar 02, 2013

This movie, based upon the Thomas Hardy novel, shows the tragedies of choice and just plain bad luck that takes place in 19th century Great Britain. Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, and Alan Bates are in all their gleaming beauty and handsomeness. Added to the mix is the sexless, older Peter Finch as the man who waited years and years hoping to marry the elusive Bathsheba. Why? I guess we’ll leave that to the novel or the psychologists. Not as tragic as Jude the Obscure, which Hardy would write later. But this movie does have enough of tragedy to suit the majority of potential viewers. I learned that “madding” refers to the frenzied state, which many of characters are in at various times in the movie. Perhaps it is a shortened version of “maddening.” If you can, get the unrated version, not the other versions that have as many as 20 minutes excised.

THUD55 Dec 20, 2012

I enjoyed this one. very well shot and acted. the scenery was beautiful. this is a long movie with an overture and intermission.

tearose Jun 14, 2010

Loved most of the cinematography - it was shot the way Thomas Hardy wrote. However you just can't shake the 1967 feel of the piece, starting with Julie Christie's eyeliner. And that wig! Good story and mostly well acted. Still worth seeing.

Feb 11, 2010

Skip It - Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) 168 min. Long overdrawn film about a woman (Julie Christie) and three men vying for her affection. Slow and dull makes it a chore to get through. Nominated for Best Score at the 1968 Oscars.


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