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Was expecting better
on 6 May 2015
As another reviewer said the acting is very wooden; little real emotion is shown by any of the actors, and at times the poor quality of the production makes it difficult to follow what is being said. Also the background muzak was very invasive, a good film with good acting does not need to tell the audience what emotion they should be experiencing.
The two of the leading female characters, Elizabeth Jane and Lucetta, are supposed to be highly attractive and desirable women, for different reasons. However, neither actress comes close to helping the viewer understand why they caused such deadly rivalry between Henchard and Farfrae. Both seem fatally miscast.
A lot of time was spent following people walking along paths, or watching dancing.
Alan Bates is a scene stealer which made me buy this version.