William Bolden

– Far from the Madding Crowd –

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Carey Mulligan as

Carey Mulligan as “Bathsheba” and Matthias Schoenaerts as “Gabriel” in FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. Photos by Alex Bailey.  © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Went to watch “Far from the Madding Crowd” with my friend J,

I remember watching the television version in 1998 back in Ashville, at the EFL room.

The story constantly left me drowsy, mainly for many ideas uncleared.

One of thing I remembered of, was that the woman being courted by three men, and one of them shoot the other to death.

This time however, the film provided a richer description on the situation and the world the characters were in, which made the story a lot more whole.

Throughout the film I liked Gabbriel Oak the most, as he was calm, careful, very critical and objective on various matter. These skills enabled him to help Bathsheba the heroine to solve many situations, therefore made him a match/equal for her without dealing with actual wealth. Mr Bolden the gentleman was too cotrolling – maybe because he lived a sheltered life with people in distance, so Bathsheba was like a breath of fresh air for him. Yet like the old man in Marquez’s “Memoirs of My Melancholy Whore”, he gone mad with desire. I dislike Troy deeply, for his recklessness with Bathsheba.

Two unforgettable scenes – one was the beginning when sheeps that Gabriel once owned fell to their deaths from jumping off the cliff, the scene was so horrific I almost screamed. The other was the proposals – the first round poposals of both Gabriel and Mr Bolden, they both offered Bathsheba marriages and mentioned “and a piano”. Piano back then was something that all women have to learn in order to be worth the pursuit, of course in current days it would be seen as stupid and sexist. J and I laughed over it, this seemed a far cry for us – our freedom to chosse to be married or not, and how back then these things were so hard to happen.