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Far from the Madding Crowd

Literary classics or semi-classics traditionally provide pitfalls in adaptation, and faithfulness can often prove a double-edged sword.

Cast:
Julie Christie Terence Stamp Peter Finch Alan Bates Prunella Ransome Fiona Walker

Literary classics or semi-classics traditionally provide pitfalls in adaptation, and faithfulness can often prove a double-edged sword.

In this case, scripter Frederic Raphael has perhaps hewn too closely to Thomas Hardy’s original. Thus he has allowed director John Schlesinger only occasional – and principally mechanical – chances to forge his own film.

It is the story of Bathsheba Everdene’s multifaceted love for the three men in her life, Sergeant Troy, Gabriel Oak and Boldwood. Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Terence Stamp and Alan Bates are variedly handsome and have their many effective moments, but there is little they can ultimately and lastingly do to overcome the basic banality of their characters and, to a certain degree, their lines.

Christie has few real opportunities to branch out of her rather muted and pouty lead. Finch struggles manfully against his role as Boldwood, but never really defeats it by convincing one. Stamp is the cocky, sneering Sergeant to the part born, but there’s nary a glint of anything more. Nor does Bates have more of a chance as the ever-reliable Oak.

1967: Nomination: Best Original Music Score

Far from the Madding Crowd

UK

Production: M-G-M. Director John Schlesinger; Producer Joseph Janni; Screenplay Frederic Raphael; Camera Nicolas Roeg; Editor Malcolm Cooke; Music Richard Rodney Bennett; Art Director Richard MacDonald

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 169 MIN.

With: Julie Christie Terence Stamp Peter Finch Alan Bates Prunella Ransome Fiona Walker

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