Griffith Would've Been Proud cschultz-2 14 September I'm not sure I can explain why I was so profoundly affected by Far from the Madding Crowdany more than I can successfully explain why I was compelled to buy a ticket to see the film in the first place. Perhaps I saw it because I suspected that with this film the movie-going experience for once might be more of a legitimate, genuine artistic challenge than a soulless business transaction. Adapted by David Nicholls from the Thomas Hardy novel of the same title and directed by Thomas Vinterberg, the picture has a relaxed and naturally rhythmic pace more suggestive of waves washing ashore than seconds ticking on a clock. Interesting and mostly unexpected plot developments occur at intervals appropriate to mostly-faithful adaptation of a literary work originally published chapter-by-chapter, in serial form, in a British periodical.
The first to appear is Gabriel Oak, a farmer as ordinary, stable, and sturdy as his name suggests. Perceiving her beauty, he proposes to her and is promptly rejected.
He vows not to ask again. Chance has it that in the search he spies a serious fire, hastens to aid in extinguishing it, and manages to obtain employment on the estate.
She intends to manage the farm by herself. Her farmhands have reservations about the abilities of this woman, whom they think is a bit vain and capricious.
Indeed, it is caprice that prompts her to send an anonymous valentine to a neighboring landowner, Mr. Boldwood, a middle-aged bachelor. She rejects him, too, but he vows to pursue her until she consents to marry him. He has made himself indispensable.
He does his work, gives advice when asked, and usually withholds it when not consulted.
But it is her third suitor, Sergeant Francis Troy, who, with his flattery, insouciance, and scarlet uniform, finally captures the interest of Bathsheba. Troy, who does not believe in promises, and laments with some truth that "women will be the death of me," has wronged a young serving maid.
After a misunderstanding about the time and place where they were to be married, he left her. This fickle soldier marries Bathsheba and becomes an arrogant landlord. Months later, Fanny, his abandoned victim, dies in childbirth.
Troy is stunned — and so is Bathsheba, when she learns the truth. She feels indirectly responsible for the tragedy and knows that her marriage is over.
Bathsheba is remorseful but somewhat relieved when Troy disappears. His clothes are found on the shore of a bay where there is a strong current. People accept the circumstantial evidence of his death, but Bathsheba knows intuitively that he is alive. Troy interrupts the Christmas party that Boldwood is giving.
The infuriated Boldwood shoots him. Troy is buried beside Fanny, his wronged love. The augury is that, having lived through tragedy together, the pair will now find happiness.May 27, · Director Thomas Vinterberg and actor Matthias Schoenaerts talk about remaking the Thomas Hardy classic Far from the Madding Crowd after a .
Far From the Madding Crowd was first published in The fourth of Thomas Hardy’s novels, it marked a turning point in his career as his first major success; it was the second novel which he published under his own name (his first two publications were anonymous).
In the early s, Leslie. Far from the Madding Crowd () is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership.
The novel is the first to be set in Hardy's fictional region of Wessex in rural south west England. The movie places the swoonier love story aspects of Far From the Madding Crowd in the forefront, but it also, more interestingly, surfaces its 85%. Aug 17, · Summary.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy tells the story of a woman named Bathsheba Everdene, who has recently come into ownership of a large estate and is pursued by three suitors.1/5(1). Far from the Madding Crowd, a well respected novel with an adaptation already to its name, hasn't got much new ground to cover.
This film, starring Carey Mulligan, upholds the book's reputation. Bathsheba (Mulligan) is a headstrong farm owner who meets three possible suiters in a short space of time; Gabriel the farmer, William the.