Far from the Madding Crowd

I loved this movie. When I first saw it on French television, I didn’t know I was watching an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd because the title is different. At some point though I recognized the story. The title in French is “Loin de la foule déchaînée”.

Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel and his first major literary success. Set in rural southwest England, it deals in themes of love, honour and betrayal, against a backdrop of the seemingly idyllic but often harsh realities of a farming community in Victorian England. It describes the life and relationships of Bathsheba Everdene (played by a brilliant Carey Mulligan) with her lonely neighbour William Boldwood, the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak, and the thriftless soldier Sergeant Troy.

Have you seen this movie? It’s so so good.

(124) Far from the Madding Crowd Official Trailer #2 (2015) – Carey Mulligan Movie HD – YouTube

2 thoughts on “Far from the Madding Crowd

  1. Hi Juliet,
    I have not seen the new version, but the one from 1967 is a classic of its own
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061648/
    I read the book in college, did not really like it, and reread it when I was somewhat older…enjoyed it more the second time. Hardy is one of those late 19th Century English novelists who requires some patience on the part of his readers. Of course, people were less easily distracted at the time of its publication.
    Sherm

    • Oh, the new version is infinitely better than the 1967 version. Another great book of Hardy’s is Tess of the D’Urbervilles, also made into a film (a long time ago) starring Nastassja Kinski.

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