March 23, 2011

Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Director: John Schlesinger
Writers: Thomas Hardy (from the novel by), Frederic Raphael (screenplay)
Stars: Julie Christie, Peter Finch and Alan Bates

I finished reading the book last week and I must say Thomas Hardy's 19th century novel "Far from the Madding Crowd", is truly an interesting book and a page turner. It requires a lot of patience to read it, until the whole intrigue is build up, but then you just can not think at anything else but "what's going to happen?" just subjugates you. And this is one thing I love about books. After turning the last page...I wanted to see if there was a movie made after the novel. So I found the 1967 version and finally last night I watched it. It's about 2h30min, so if you're not really into classics and have to do better things (like saving the world...), do no attempt to see the movie. On the other hand if you've read the book, it will be a pleasure to see how all the things and the characters come alive. The novel is vast, so from the start the movie couldn't explain all the details, that by the way are useful to know, because you'll understand the movie better. With a lot of patience you'll find, by the end of the movie, that it was worth watching it. And it's a truly remarkable experience to read the book first and enjoy the movie events after...(the right way to do it when it comes to screening a novel). So for your soul and mind, do yourself a favor and read a book! 
Hope you're having a great week, 
Love, Gab~

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