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Based on Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man's complete and helpless adoration, and she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties, and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence.Written by
As of 2018, the Friar Waddon House in Weymouth, used for the exteriors of Boldwood's house is a bed and breakfast establishment. Bloxworth House in Dorset, used for Bathsheba's house, was built in 1608, and has remained in private hands ever since. At the time of the movie, it had fallen into a state of disrepair, but has since been restored, and as of 2018, is valued at four million pounds sterling. See more »
During the "pie in the face" circus scene, the cream is piled on contemporary 1960s white paper plates with fluted edges. Disposable paper plates were invented in the early 1900s. The movie time frame (which differs slightly from the book) ends around 1868. See more »
At home by the fire, whenever I look up, there you will be. And whenever you look up, there I shall be.
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For the UK version, a cockfight had to be deleted to comply with that country's laws on animal cruelty on film, as stated in the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »
In this sprawling adaptation of the Hardy novel, a beautiful woman in 19th century English countryside must select a suitor among three men. It has become fashionable to bash this film but it is quite an impressive production. Although she may not be exactly what Hardy had in mind, Christie is radiant as the heroine. The men pursuing her are well played by Finch as a rich landowner, Stamp as a cad, and especially Bates as a poor sheep farmer. Schlesinger's direction is leisurely and meticulous but he sustains interest despite the nearly three-hour length. The cinematography by Roeg is breathtaking and Bennett's score adds a haunting quality to the film.
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