Much of what makes the film astounding is not its translation of Hardy's text into cinematic narrative, but the depiction of a rural lifestyle that hums with pastoral, primal beauty. Scenes on the farm & interactions between characters eating, drinking, enjoying life's simple pleasures, anticipates something of Pasolini & his trilogy of life. A hymn to the splendour of nature, colour, the drama of the changing light.
Strangely passionless adaptation of the classic Hardy novel that mainly fails to the miscasting of Julie Christie as Bathsheba. Long winded at near 3 hours this take is well shot (by N. Roeg) but often tedious and ill paced. Peter Finch is excellent here and Alan Bates is quite good but Stamp seems to fail to get under the skin of his character as well. What drives Christie's character is never evident. A misfire.
Want to like this, but I feel a little disapointed. There're some beautiful and memorable scene, like a painting. But the leading actress is miscast, the 3 hours long can't answer why her character's life went on like this.
why is everyone shouting 100% of the time. surprised to find myself saying it but the 2015 with Carey Mulligan is so much better. whatever really good parts from 67' version are not missed because Vinterberg rips them off literally and improves upon.
Not having read the book, I have no way of knowing whether this is a faithful adaptation. That said, it sure held me. THE CAST! Wonderful actors all. Rarely do you have a collection of such magnetic presences in one film.
I really liked this film, maybe because I saw it right after finishing the book. I especially liked Alan Bates as Gabriel Oak; he really captures the essence of the character. Terence Stamp is great in it, too.