Far From the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

DVD - 2015
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Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy about Bathsheba Everdene who is an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer; a dashing soldier; and a prosperous, older bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2015]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Far
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby 2.0,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Rating: PG-13; for some sexuality and violence
Ontario Film Review Board - PG rating

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science264
Aug 26, 2017

In agreement with many of these comments. The movie is breathtaking, as for the story, the protagonist should have a reality check and realize her position as a woman in that time, not to mention take her responsibilities more seriously (Fanny).

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COURIER3
Jul 16, 2017

Good scenery and vintage costumes. Rather boring and too long. The female lead strung the three men along . Was it a game she was playing, or just using them?

JCLSheidaB Jun 30, 2017

gorgeous version of the Hardy classic.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jun 17, 2017

Another truly beautiful period piece; I love the old school clothing and scenery very well filmed. The story? Well, I have not read it, but I think I shall: the broad has some very significant reality issues.

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MartineVK
Mar 31, 2017

It says something about a film where you notice how good the cinematography is. That is because the film just doesn't work. Despite having so many other good elements, the script is a let-down. On the one hand it seems really rushed, and on the other Bathsheba's relationship with Gabriel Oak is, if anything, given so much time, the viewer is left in no doubt what the ending will be. Also, Matthias Schoenaerts can't manage a British accent, let alone a West Country one, so it seems like he wandered in from some other film. Michael Sheen is terrific as always and Carey Mulligan is good enough. If you weren't already familiar with the story, you would have a few questions as important scenes are left out. The film just never jells.

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kpelish
Feb 21, 2017

Gorgeous scenery that compensates for occasionally wooden acting.

A little boring in spots. Contains Sexual Content that was not necessary. Not highly recommended.

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empbee
Dec 26, 2016

A well adapted movie of Thomas Hardy's story. Some of the characters are not what you would imagine the strong willed independent woman would fall for. However, they all play well.

Enamored of this movie adaptation! Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaert were outstanding and the cinematography excellent!
What I want to know is...where, oh where, are the Gabriel Oaks for all our intelligent, incredibly capable, and independently headstrong Bathsheba Everdene daughters?? ...hmm, (note to self...must search out the rolling hillsides for sheep, errant Irish sheepdog, and...hah!).

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BridgettM
Nov 05, 2016

I'm sure there are some people who rush to see every film adaptation of classic novels. I am not one of those people and I have not read the adult fiction book of the same title, but I enjoyed this movie more than I expected I would. It is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

Bathsheba: It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Bathsheba: Mr Oak, I don't want a husband. I'd hate to be some man's property. I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding if I could be one without getting a husband!
Bathsheba: From now on, you have a mistress, not a master. I don't yet know my talents in farming, but I shall do my best. Don't suppose, because I'm a woman, I don't know the difference between bad goings-on and good. I shall be up before you're awake. I shall be a-field before you are up. It is my intention to astonish you all.
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Bathsheba: A man did ask to marry me once. Some time ago. But I was too restless to be tied down.
Maid: What a luxury, to have a choice. "Kiss my foot, sir, my face is for mouths of consequence."

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2015

The moment (SPOILER ALERT:)
Book version:
“Bathsheba,” he said, tenderly and in surprise, and coming closer: “if I only knew one thing—whether you would allow me to love you and win you, and marry you after all—if I only knew that!”
“But you never will know,” she murmured. “Why?” “Because you never ask.”
“Oh—Oh!” said Gabriel, with a low laugh of joyousness. “My own dear—”
Film version:
Oak: If I knew... If I knew that you would let me love you and marry you...
Bathsheba: But you will never know.
Oak: Why not?
Bathsheba: Because you never ask!
Oak: Would you say no again?
Bathsheba: I don't know. Probably. So why don't you? Ask me. … Ask me. Ask me, Gabriel.

M_ALCOTT Aug 31, 2015

[After Bathsheba offers Mr. Oak a formal partnership in the farm, he turns it down. He still insists on leaving. Bathsheba can't understand why.]

Bathsheba Everdene: "Then, why else are you leaving?"

Gabriel Oak: "I said I'd leave you one day."

Bathsheba Everdene: "Well, you must not go."

Gabriel Oak: "You forbid me?"

Bathsheba Everdene: "Yes, If you like. I forbid you."

Gabriel Oak: "It's time for you to fight your own battles... and win them too."

Bathsheba Everdene: "So, we should say goodbye then?"

Gabriel Oak: "I suppose so."

M_ALCOTT Aug 31, 2015

Bathsheba Everdene: "Mr. Oak, I don't want a husband. I'd hate to be some man's property. I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without getting a husband."

M_ALCOTT Aug 31, 2015

Bathsheba Everdene: "Frank?"

Francis "Frank" Troy: [complimenting Bathsheba's dress] "Black suits you. Although a little premature."

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