Book to screen adaptations are always a tricky dance. Not only are adapters trying to appease fans of the novel, but if done correctly, they will usher in a whole new generation of viewers who may not be familiar with the source material. Far from the Madding Crowd succeeds in achieving this tightrope walk with a perfectly casted ensemble, gorgeous cinematography, and a vow to stay true to the themes of the 1874 novel.
Written by Thomas Hardy (not to be confused with Mad Max's Tom Hardy), the story surrounds independent and strong-willed Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a modern-minded woman living in Victorian England. But when it comes to love, though she is perfectly content to be alone, Everdene attracts three very different suitors: humble Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; reckless Frank Troy, a Sergeant; and bachelor William Boldwood, a prosperous older gentleman. In this exclusive scene from Far From The Madding Crowd, we see Sergeant Francis Troy and William Boldwood getting in a heated argument over who their mutual love, Bathsheba, will wed.
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