Far From the Madding Crowd
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Far From the Madding Crowd
This 1967 version of Thomas Hardy's novel should have done better at the box office than it did, given the star power of Julie Christie and the visual and aural fidelity to its source material. Julie Christie plays Bathsheba Everdene, a country heiress who is loved by three different men: Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates. Convinced that she is the intellectual superior of all three, Bathesheba loses many early opportunities for lasting happiness. Finally shedding herself of her haughty attitude, Bathsheba unconditionally accepts the love of Bates. The euphoric exuberance of… More

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"Thomas Hardy was not the most dynamic novelist in English literature, but this sluggish 1967 film still does him a serious disservice."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Another classic bites the dust."
‑ , Time Out
"Thomas Hardy's novels move with the rhythm of the seasons and so does this classic 1967 adaptation, filmed by John Schlesinger with an expansive sweep and pace."
‑ , Total Film
"Finch, Bates, Stamp and particularly Christie are all mesmerising, while Nic Roeg's cinematography and the outdoor settings are breathtaking."
‑ , Film4
"[Schlesinger] displays the best sense of Victorian time and place since David Lean in Great Expectations."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Pictorially excessive but dramatically barren."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This is a predictable story that Schlesinger struggles to keep fresh and moving."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Christie has few real opportunities to branch out of her rather muted and pouty lead."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Alan Bates, in a change of pace, is the loyal shepherd. Terence Stamp is a suitably vile Sgt. Troy, and Peter Finch makes Boldwood strong and honorable in his love for Bathsheba."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A stunning-looking Julie Christie running about Thomas Hardy's countryside is the major excuse for John Schlesinger's under-dramatized picture postcard."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
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