Far From The Madding Crowd

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It’s hard to distinguish if some of the criticism leveled at this, the fourth adaption of Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel, is because the director of this English classic is Danish, or because ardent cinephiles are miffed that anyone should try surpassing John Schlesinger’s 1967 definitive version starring Julie Christie. Nevertheless this new pared down adaptation … Continue reading



GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Have no great expectations of Mike Newell’s new much abridged version of Charles Dicken’s classic story but you will  at least get a real visual treat that Oscar nominated cinematographer John Mathieson has created here with his dramatically lit sweeping landscapes. Of all the previous 18 + times this story has been brought to the big and … Continue reading



Macbeth

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Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s starts his awe-inspiring take on Shakespeare’s most violent tale of Macbeth on the battlefield on the mist-drenched Scottish heath that he stages dramatically like an epic, but bloody opera. It sets the pace for what turns out to be one of the most enthralling adaptions of the Bards work on the … Continue reading



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