Far From The Madding Crowd is an evocative and sumptuous adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel set in the 19th Century. The arrival of Bathsheba Everdene (Paloma Baeza) as mistress of Weatherbury Farm causes quite a stir in the all-male environment of the Corn Exchange. A beautiful and proud youg woman with a fiercely independent spirit, she soon ensnares and almost destroys the lives of the three men who love her - local shepherd Gabriel Oak (Nathaniel Parker), gentleman famer Mr Boldwood (Nigel Terry) and the womanising Sergeant Frank Troy (Jonathan Firth).
This drama is well cast and the acting great. Beautiful scenery of the Dorset countryside.
I remember struggling through the book at school, and didn't enjoy it much. But in this DVD form, it holds the attention and engages the heart and mind. Like others of Hardy's stories in film, it draws you in and makes you think. You can't help debating the issues he raises. The characters are fascinating and all too human, and the viewer becomes engaged in their conflicts. Nobody is completely bad and nobody is completely good either. All the characters have depth and a common humanity that the viewer can't hep but relate to.
Fascinating and compelling, but not easy casual light viewing.
I had watched this series when it was first shown, and I'd honestly forgotten how good it was! It sticks closely to the novel-dialogue, sequence of events etc. As this is one of my favourite books, I 'd have noticed any omissions/ deviations. The actors were excellent- both those playing the main characters, and those portraying the 'rustics'-who brought a touch of humour to the series. Special mention for Natasha Little's performance as the tragic Fanny Robin-very much as I would have imagined the character to be. I shall watch this series again, many times.
For many years I've admired the Julie Christie - Alan Bates version of this tale and considered it to be the definitive version. In the Paloma Baeza - Nathaniel Parker film we have a strong challenger. Baeza is convincing in the difficult role of Bathseba and Parker provides the required stoicism and patience. I prefer 'Far from the madding crowd' over Hardy's grimmer works since the hero and heroine enjoy a happy ending in spite of the trials and tragedies along the away. Wonderful entertainment.
This is a stellar production - much better than the iconic Christie/Stamp one. However the picure quality of this copy was mediocre and the sound was so faint we had to turn the volume up to full. Buy yours somewhere else.