Monday, April 27, 2015

Far from the Madding Crowd {Book to Movie}

This movie is from the classic book Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy and comes to theaters on May 1st, 2015. 
It is a drama and is 119 minutes and is rated PG-13.


Movie Synopsis

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Book Synopsis

Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.


Carey Mulligan {Bathsheba Everdene}
It looks like all the main actors are from Europe with Carey being from London, England. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005) alongside Keira Knightley, Carey also played orphan "Ada Clare" in the B.B.C. television series, Bleak House (2005). She was also in Drive and An Education and one of our favorite Book to Movies The Great Gatsby. She has another upcoming film this year called Suffragette. She is married to Marcus Mumford.

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You might recognize her more with her short blonde hair.

I bet this wardrobe is going to be a favorite of Jens from our Book Club. She loves the late 1800's style of clothing.

Bathsheba's Three Suitors

Suitor #1 Gabriel Oak played by Matthias Schoenaerts
He is from Belgium and both his parents were actors, Dominique Wiche and Julien Schoenaerts. He has been in such films as: Rust and Bone, The Drop, and Bullhead. His upcoming projects include: A Bigger Splash, Close Protection, The Danish Girl and a TV Mini Series of Lewis and Clark.
Suitor #2 Frank Troy played by Tom Sturridge
He was born in London, England and has been in such movies as Pirate Radio, Waiting for Forever, and On the Road. He has another film coming out this year called Weightless. He is with Sienna Miller and they have a child together. Apparently they are all the buzz in the UK.

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Suitor #3 William Boldwood played by Michael Sheen
For all you Twilight fans if you think his face looks familiar it is because he played Aro on the Twilight Movies with his first appearance in Twilight Saga: New Moon. But he has also been in several other movies including: Midnight in Paris, Kingdom of Heaven, Alice in Wonderland (voice of the White Rabbit). His upcoming projects are Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and Oppenheimer Strategies.
Michael used to date Rachel McAdams but is now with Sarah Silverman If you want to see who he has dated check out this from Eonline wow he has dated a lot of actresses.


Director Thomas Vinterberg
He is from Denmark and has done many films. Some of his most famous are The Hunt (2012), The Celebration (1998) and Submarino (2010). He has another film coming out soon called The Commune.

Looks like our director doesn't mind helping out with the camera equipment.

Author Thomas Hardy
He was an English author of the naturalist movement, although in several poems he displays elements of the previous romantic and enlightenment periods of literature, such as his facination with the supernatural. He regarded himself primarily as a poet and composed novels mainly for financial gain. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. Hardy's poetry, first published in his 50s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The term cliffhanger is considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy's serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes in 1873. In the novel, Hardy chose to leave one of his protagonists, Knight, literally hanging off a cliff staring into the stony eyes of a trilobite embedded in the rock that has been dead for millions of years. This became the archetypal — and literal — cliff-hanger of Victorian prose.

Movie Trailer

Hope you enjoy this classic brought to the big screen!

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