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Now, here’s a great example of counter-programming. As of last Friday, with the return of Marvel’s superstar super-team, the onslaught of the big blockbuster, “check your mind at the door”, movie season officially began. But what about those cultured folks needing an oasis at the multiplex, a quiet escape from the movie mayhem. The colder temps generally welcome those more serious, somber films, often adapted from literary classics. However, a few of these often seep through the Summer season (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Help). That’s the case with this literary adaptation, but it’s also a reboot since there was a celebrated film version starring Julie Christie way back in 1967. Now, once again, from the classic tome written by Thomas Hardy (no, not next week’s “Mad Max”), here’s Far From The Madding Crowd.
With the first fade-in, we meet the story’s heroine, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) on horseback, »
- Jim Batts
Be warned, the interview contains discussion of a few moments in the film which some might consider spoilers…
Kat Kourbeti: How has press and reception of the film been so far?
Thomas Vinterberg: I don’t read reviews, but I hear they’re pretty good. All day yesterday I was speaking to very, very enthusiastic and happy people, so that’s obviously incredibly encouraging.
Kk: It really has all the makings of a modern classic. You’ve taken a very well-loved novel – it’s something that a lot of women picture as the epitome of romance – but you’ve really brought it forward. It’s very relatable despite the fact that we don’t live in Victorian times. »
- Kat Kourbeti
Far from the Madding Crowd, 2015.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
The story is (by now) borderline cliché: free-spirited Bathsheba Everdene scorns women who fall for the first pretty boy to wink at them, and vows to never be like them. Yet as fate would have it, she meets the right kind of pretty boy, and makes the wrong choice (twice) and pays for it, only to realise that the person she’s always loved has been right there all along. Cue sweeping violins, magnificent outdoor shots of Dorset, and a happy ending. If Bathsheba reminds you a bit of Katniss Everdeen of Hunger Games fame, »
- Kat Kourbeti
When Thomas Hardy named his fourth novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” in 1874, he almost certainly meant the title ironically — a riposte to the notion that the rural folk of his beloved English countryside somehow led simpler lives, less tempest-tossed by desire, than their urban counterparts. But you could almost mistake Hardy for a literalist on the basis of Thomas Vinterberg’s calm, stately new film version — the fourth official filming of the novel (which first reached the screen as a 1915 silent), and a perfectly respectable, but never particularly stirring, night at the movies. Probably the Danish Vinterberg’s most accomplished foray into English-language filmmaking (after the gun-control allegory “Dear Wendy” and the futuristic Joaquin Phoenix-Claire Danes romance “It’s All About Love”), this pared-down if generally faithful adaptation benefits from a solid cast and impeccable production values, though the passions that drive Hardy’s characters remain more stated than truly felt. »
- Scott Foundas
After his Academy Award nominated film The Hunt (starring Mads Mikkelsen), Danish director Thomas Vinterberg adapted Thomas Hardy’s classic love story Far From The Madding Crowd for the big screen. Grammy award-winning composer Craig Armstrong was enlisted to compose the score for the film.
In this eagerly awaited drama, Vinterberg has brought together a first class cast, including Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education, Drive), Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen (Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead) and Tom Sturridge (On The Road).
The film will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Far From The Madding Crowd tells the story of independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, »
- Michelle McCue
This summer you'll have all kinds of explosions to choose from, but very few of the emotional kind. That's where "Far From The Madding Crowd" steps in. A starry cast and an acclaimed arthouse director team up to take on a literary classic, and the results look to be expectedly sumptuous. And today some new looks at the movie have arrived. The most substantial is a featurette titled "Bathsheeba," which says it all. It's a thorough look at the character, played by Carey Mulligan, who finds herself the object of affection of three very different men, and, of course, lots of drama ensues. After that you can preview the score by Craig Armstrong, which arrives in stores on April 28th, check out a handful of new pics from the Thomas Vinterberg-directed movie, and look at an autumnal poster. Also starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, and more, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
6 items from 2015
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