Far from the Madding Crowd
- 2 hr 48 min
John Schlesinger directed the 1967 film Far From the Madding Crowd, which was based on Thomas Hardy's well-known novel. Julie Christie stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman trying to run the farm she inherited from her uncle. Bathesheba is torn between feelings for two different men, one another farmer and one a soldier. She eventually marries the solider, only to discover that he is not all he seems. Tensions arise between her former farmer suitor (Peter Finch) and her soldier husband (Terence Stamp). Hovering in the background of these romantic entanglements is Bathsheba's faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak (Alan Bates) who has quietly loved her all along. Whether Bathsheba will ever fully realize the depth of his love and return it becomes one of the movie's climactic questions. Shot mostly on location in England, the film's score was nominated for an Oscar and its costumes and Nicolas Roeg's cinematography were both nominated for BAFTAs.