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Far from the Madding Crowd | 1967 | Julie Christie, Terence Stamp

John Schlesinger’s handsome takes on Thomas Hardy’s novel about the profound effect a beautiful and liberated woman has on three men in 19th Century Wessex. The director elevates the film above the level of ordinary literary adaptations by not being totally in awe of his source, managing to take its themes and add knowing nods to his contemporary audience. It helps that he employs such an iconic cast. Finch, Bates, Stamp and particularly Christie are all mesmerising, while Nic Roeg’s cinematography and the outdoor settings are breathtaking.

cast
Julie Christie as Bathsheba Everdene
Terence Stamp as Sgt. Francis ” Frank ” Troy
Alan Bates as Gabriel Oak
Peter Finch as William Boldwood
Fiona Walker as Liddy
Prunella Ransome as Fanny Robin
Alison Leggatt as Mrs. Hurst
Paul Dawkins as Henery Fray
Julian Somers as Jan Coggan
Freddie Jones as Cainy Bell
Andrew Robertson as Andrew Randle
Brian Rawlinson as Matthew Moon
Vincent Harding as Mark Clark
Victor Stone as Billy Smaallbury
Owen Berry as Old Smallbury
Lawrence Carter as Laban Tall
Pauline Melville as Mrs. Tall
John Barrett as Joseph Poorgrass
Bryan Mosley as Barker

crew
Art Direction: Roy Forge Smith
Set Decoration: Peter James
Production Design: Richard Macdonald
Director Of Photography: Nicolas Roeg
Costume Design: Alan Barrett
Hairstylist: Ivy Emmerton
Makeup Artist: Bob Lawrance
Makeup Artist: Philip Leakey
Director: John Schlesinger
Editor: Malcolm Cooke
Producer: Joseph Janni
Production Manager: Edward Joseph
Production Manager: Frank Ernst
Casting: Miriam Brickman
Music: Richard Rodney Bennett
Sound Recordist: Robin Gregory
Novel: Thomas Hardy
Screenplay: Frederic Raphael

UK | 166 minutes | 1967

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