Independent & World Films at the Library

Showing on Thursday, August 27, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Far from the Madding Crowd (Great Britain)

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors:  Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless soldier; and William Boldwood, a prosperous, mature bachelor. Thomas Hardy’s literary classic, Far from the Madding Crowd, is a compelling and timeless tale that is much more than a love story. Although written almost 150 years ago, Bathsheba remains as fierce a character as ever - and she has been brought to life by Carey Mulligan in this dazzling new production. Like her namesake, Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Bathsheba is rich with nuance. Her decisions are not always right, nor is her motivation always clear. She is not always likeable - and it is this, above all else, that makes her so real and relatable. Mulligan’s performance is matched by Matthias Schoenaerts whose Gabriel Oak is, quite simply, perfection. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, the film perfectly captures the allure of Bathsheba and the stunning Wessex countryside that forms the backdrop for Hardy’s tale of love, resilience and independence. The acclaimed 1967 film version starred Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp and Peter Finch. Although that film was acclaimed by critics, it was released at a time when period films were not in vogue and didn’t receive the attention it deserved. It was followed by a 1998 BBC television version. In this newest film adaption, viewers will be given the opportunity to either reacquaint themselves with Bathsheba, or luckily, meet her for the first time.

Run time: 119 minutes

The Independent and World Films Series runs most 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, with showings at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Gainey Room. The focus for our series is foreign or world films, as well as independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S.

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See you at the movies!  MG

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2015

January 8: The Hundred-Foot Journey (India/U.S.)
February 12: Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
February 26: Love is Strange (U.S.)
March 12: The Theory of Everything (Great Britain)
March 26: Birdman (U.S.)
April 9: The Patience Stone (Afghanistan)
April 23: Pride (Great Britain)
May 14: For a Woman (France)
May 28: Leviathan (Russia)
June 11: The Good Lie (Canada)
June 25: My Old Lady (Great Britain/U.S./France)
July 9: Wild Tales (Argentina)
July 23: Home (U.S.)
August 13: Tangerines (Estonia and Georgia)

2014

March 13: Blue Jasmine (U.S.)
March 27: 12 Years a Slave (U.S.)
April 24: The Book Thief (U.S.)
May 8: Wadja (Saudi Arabia)
May 22: Inside Llewyn Davis (U.S.)
June 12: Instructions Not Included (Mexico)
June 26: Stories We Tell (Canada)
July 19: Oranges & Sunshine (Australia)
July 24: Love is All You Need (Denmark)
August 14: Still Mine (Canada)
August 28: The Lunchbox (India)
September 11: Shun Li and the Poet (Italy)
September 25: The Past (France)
October 9: Words and Pictures (U.S.)
October 23: Gloria (Chile)
November 13: Chef (U.S.)
December 11: 8 Women (France)

2013

January 10: Beasts of the Southern Wild (U.S.)
January 24: Last Ride (Australia)
February 14: Foreign Letters (U.S.)
February 28: Elena (Russia)
March 14: Anna Karenina (Great Britain)
March 28: Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
April 11: Robot & Frank (U.S.)
April 25: Queen of Hearts (France)
May 9: Of Gods and Men (France)
May 23: A Late Quartet (U.S.)
June 13: The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)
June 27: Rust and Bone (France)
July 11: Teddy Bear (Denmark)
July 19: Codex (U.S.)
July 25: NO (Chile)
August 8: Smashed (U.S.)
August 22: Found Memories (Brazil)
August 28: The Lunch Box (India)

2012

January 26: Sarah's Key (France & U.S.)
February 9: Beginners (U.S.)
March 8: Incendies (Canada & France)
March 22: Made in Dagenham (Great Britain)
April 12: Take Shelter (U.S.)
May 10: The Piano in a Factory (China)
May 24: In a Better World (Denmark)
June 14: O'Horten (Norway)
June 28: Albert Nobbs (United Kingdom)
July 12: My Name is Khan (India)
July 26: The Woman on the 6th Floor (France)
August 9: Come Undone (Italy)
August 23: Footnote (Israel)
September 13: A Separation (Iran)
September 27: Another Year (U.K.)
October 11: Life Above All (South Africa)
October 26: The Devil's Backbone (Spain)
November 8: Train of Life (France)
December 13: Auntie Mame (U.S.)
December 27: Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon)

2011

May 19: Bomber (U.S./U.K.)
June 16: 1981 (Canada)
July 21: Only When I Dance (Brazil)
August 18: The Drummer (Hong Kong)
September 15: The Wind Journeys (Columbia)
October 20: If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Romania)
November 17: The Colors of the Mountain (Columbia)
December 15: Holiday Affair (U.S.)