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Far from the Madding Crowd: Anatomy of a Scene via the NY Times

I'm still on vacation, far from theaters, but Far from the Madding Crowd came out today anyway. Time waits for no man or woman it seems. So while I won't be able to see the film for awhile I did read an interesting review in the New York Times. The article includes the Times Anatomy of a Scene feature in which director Thomas Vinterberg goes over Bathsheba Everdene's meeting with the handsome soldier in the woods. Swordplay ensues; I found the scene, with the sword standing in for his penis, rather shocking.

Check out the link and see what you think.

O.A.Scott's review in The New York Times


  1. As I watched the trailer, I kept thinking I recognized the actors, but I didn't recognize the names at the end. Doesn't the one farmer character remind you of Vigo Mortensen? And the female lead Carey Mulligan looks so much like someone I can't place.
    Did you see a new French movie came out yesterday? French/English. Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart even won a French award of some kind. I don't think it's from a book though!
    Enjoy your vacation

    1. I was lucky enough to see Clouds of Sils Maria last year at AFI's film fest. It IS amazing, says all kinds of things about women, aging, modern culture and our attitudes towards celebrity. Juliette Binoche was stunning but yes, Kristen Stewart was an absolute surprise. Incredible and yes! She won the Cesar, the only American actress to ever win the French award!! It's very much like our Oscar. It's not based on a book as you say so I' haven't officially blogged about it but I've probably mentioned it from time to time because KS and the film so took me by surprise. A definite must-see as they say:)


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