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At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day, realizing his loss, he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far. Eighteen years later, Henchard has become Mayor of Casterbridge, a man well respected but not well liked. The unexpected return of his wife and daughter Elizabeth Jane sets off a turn of events that force him to face the consequences of his selfish impulses and violent temper. Written by
I just finished watching this film on DVD. Words cannot praise this production enough. I have not read Hardy's novel yet, but if it's merely half as good in writing as this was on film it is bound to become one of my favorite books of all time. Wonderful scenery, top-notch acting by everyone involved (Ciarán Hinds delivers a bravado performance here), a beautiful and captivating score, and one of the most touching and heart-rending, yet uncheesy plots ever.
I must admit I had some reservations after seeing Polanski's "Tess" which I thought was a bit of a bore, feeling that maybe Hardy doesn't translate to well to the screen. But this "Mayor", despite its running time of just over three hours, got me so involved emotionally that I found myself not only glued to the screen, but I even cried a couple of times.
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