Far from the Madding Crowd [Region 2]
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Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie) inherits a large country estate. There, she proceeds to act as few women in her day would. She insists on managing the estate herself, relying on her own god given talents. Smart, hardworking, and strong willed, she captures the attention of three would be suitors. Gabriel Oak (Alan Bates), the handsome, strapping shepherd, with a penchant for animal husbandry and farming, is the one most suited for her. William Boldwood (Peter Finch), an older, wealthy, neighboring landowner, adores her and obsesses over making her his wife. Sgt. Frank Troy (Terrence Stamp), a hunky, rakish grenadier, knows opportunity when he sees it and sets about charming her, despite the fact that his heart belongs to another.
Now, why would author Thomas Hardy name the leading female character Bathsheba? Well, in Biblical times, Bathsheba made the married King David, the shepherd who slew Goliath, her love slave. So much did David desire her that he arranged to have Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, a soldier in his army, slain in battle. The film parallels that Bible story in some ways and is somewhat prophetic for Bathsheba Everdene. What happens to her, as well as to each of the three men in her life, makes for an absorbing film experience.
First class production values and wonderful performances by the entire cast, make this a film to remember.Read more ›
The "Hardy Country" atmosphere is so evocatively represented by Nicholas Roeg's beautiful camera work and the main character's emotional states so finely played by the leads. Julie Christie portrays Bathsheba's pride and wilfullness perfectly, and equally well conveys her desperation and humiliation at the hands of Frank Troy. And what a performance from Terence Stamp! He conveys Troy's raffish charm and hidden vulnerability expertly. Who could forget that scene where he spurns Bathsheba over the dead body of his true love, Fanny? It must be one of the most powerful scenes in literature or film. When he says to Bathsheba: "She is more to me now, dead as she is, than you ever were, or are, or could be!" My god, fancy having something like that said to you!! How devastating! Then we have the intense and tortured Farmer Boldwood - Peter Finch in one of his finest roles. And, lastly, the gorgeous Alan Bates - the absolute personification of Gabriel Oak, leapt from Hardy's page into life!
I agree with most of the comments from other lovers of this film - it is a truly underrated masterpiece.
I don't know why a good DVD hasn't appeared of this film. So much junk is available, why is this gem being kept from the public. As far as I know, the British DVD is a bad transfer of the film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I much prefer this version of Hardy's classic to the more recent remake. Terrence Stamp, Warren Oates, Peter Finch, and Julie Christie. What more needs to be said?Published 2 months ago by P. A. Bergbusch
A great great movie. Wonderful acting wonderful country side and time - very sad.Published 2 months ago by ribbaz
Much better than the 2015 redo in my opinion. Julie Christie was a perfect casting choice. Beautifully filmed and very atmospheric.Published 3 months ago by david canford
Bought this movie for my mom for her birthday, she loves to get movies that she grew up watching, it brings back memories.Published 3 months ago by Jewels
This is a grand, sweeping epic of a film that unfolds slowly but is totally mesmerizing from start to finish. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard E. Kaye
a very inferior production compared with the wonderful 2015 movie.Published 5 months ago by Linda S. Rivers