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‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ To Open from Fox Searchlight Next May (VIDEO)

'Far from the Madding Crowd' To Open from Fox Searchlight Next May (VIDEO)

Fond as I am of the 1967 John Schlesinger adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd,” which stars Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the three men who love headstrong “adventuress” Bathsheba Everdeen (Julie Christie)–the movie is far better than the hilarious trailer below–I am eager to see the new one from writer David Nicholls (“Starter for Ten”) and director Thomas Vinterberg (“The Hunt”), starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba. 

Matthias Schoenaerts takes on the farmer role once played by Bates, Michael Sheen is the more mature gentleman who proposes marriage (Finch), and Tom Sturridge is the rakish sergeant (Stamp). 

I figured the movie would play Cannes May 2014, as it should be finished. Fox Searchlight is dating the period romance for May 1, 2015, so it looks like Vinterberg will take more time with this and skip this year’s awards corridor. So we’ll have to wait for a while. 

I talked to Vinterberg about this film as well as Oscar nominee “The Hunt.” 

The film is produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich.

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That trailer really is hilarious. I didn't know they had paper plates in 1860, but at 2:50, it sure looks like a paper plate in the pie throwing scene. I think Bathsheba is one of the most unlikeable heroine's ever. She has few redeeming qualities, so I will be interested to see how Carey does in this new version.


It's a difficult book to adapt and not awards-friendly at all. Bathsheba Everdeen, in particular, is a character that's far more effective on the page. Even with the luminous Julie Christie playing her, the three male characters are more interesting and vibrant.

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