BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
The legendary British novelist and poet Thomas Hardy showed more than century ago his talent for the first time with the novel Far From The Madding Crowd. At the beginning the author decided to publish the story without mentioning his name as a monthly serial Cornhill Magazine. Thanks to the decision he won many followers in short terms.
The book was released in 1874, but was rewritten on two occasions in 1895 and 1901. The novel is 464 pages and still gathers positive reviews. Currently Far From The Madding Crowd is standing with average 4.4 out of 5.0 Amazon stars. “Love It”, “Thomas Hardy never wrote a bad book”, “The choice of words, description of sky and the weather are extraordinary”, are just few of the recent comments by the readers. However, there are negative ones, based recently on the difficult language used in XIX century.
BBC listed the novel among Top 50 of best books in The Big Read survey. Guardian also put it in its chart for the greatest love stories of all time giving the prestigious 10th place.
The adaptation of the book started exactly a century ago with the first silent drama directed by Laurence Trimble. The most popular film with the same name was released in 1967 by John Schlezinger and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Music Score. The movie’s budget was huge for those times with $3 million. The box office was total disappointment in USA, but made nice numbers in UK.
The English novelist and scriptwriter decided to try one more adaptation. Thomas Vinterberg took the responsibility for directing the new movie. He is known mostly by his movie Hunt (2012) that received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign film. The big strike by the casting crew was arrangement of amazing Carey Mulligan. The budget of Far From The Madding Crowd wasn’t announced, but it seems that isn’t so high.
The movie is set for release on May 1 in USA and UK, but already was shown in several festivals. The initial response is very high. IMDB is giving average 7.0/10 rating. Rotten Tomatoes added 7.3/10. So far everything sounds interesting. Let’s see what will be the real result on the big screen.
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