Monday, July 7, 2014

Cinema Cycle - Far From the Madding Crowd

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


DATE: 07/07/2014

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 46 minutes



SYNOPSIS: A young woman in early 1800s England inherits a farm and is pursued by three men; a poor farmer, a wealthy land owner and a rapscallion army officer.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A slower pace and following the right course of your life is the best way to go, not the path that is more exciting or tempting.  A young Julie Christie at the top of her game in 1967.

PROS AND CONS: This is a long film, covering almost 3 hours.  It is a lavish roadshow release with an overture and an entr’acte (intermission).  What comes between is a well done period piece that is very accurate and beautifully filmed by Nicolas Roeg.  

Besides Ms. Christie, the one thing on screen that tends to captivate the viewer is the scenery. It is an agrarian world with a slower pace of life and sweeping vistas.  The story revolves around three men that all pursue the main character, Bathsheba, played by Christie.  The men each assume one of the classic roles, hard working poor farmer, a wealthy land owner and brash army sergeant.  While it is evident that Bathsheba should go with the poor hard working farmer from the beginning, she first gives into temptation and goes for the bad boy, with terrible results.  

This is a subtle period piece without a lot of action or surprises.  The film is carried along by the talent of the actors and the wonderful scenery.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on