Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

DVD - 2009
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In Victorian Wessex, England a headstrong girl causes unhappiness and tragedy.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2009]
Edition: Extended version. --
ISBN: 9781419873478
1419873474
Branch Call Number: FIC Far 6998mv 1
FIC Far 6998ul 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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grhh49
Jun 19, 2016

Beautifully done and perfectly cast.

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janetw11
Sep 02, 2015

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

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Nursebob
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.

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ManMachine
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.

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bbrooke88
Apr 24, 2012

I find it hard to believe that Joeseph doesn't love this movie.
A Masterpiece....but then I grew up in UK and was trained by the BBC!

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.

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joseph
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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