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'Far from the Madding Crowd' a bare-bones stab at love, desire

'Far from the Madding Crowd' a bare-bones stab at love, desire

Why is the allure of the bad boy so powerful that even some of the most secure of females can't seem to resist? Apparently, it has ever been, as we see in the film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's prescient novel "Far from the Madding Crowd." Set in backcountry Britain circa 1870, the Victorian realist created romantic entanglements for its heroine, Bathsheba Everdene — an excellent Carey Mulligan — who could be plucked out of the pages of a contemporary bestseller. Directed with sensitivity to the source by veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, the story is pared to the bone by screenwriter David Nicholls ("Great Expectations"). This is a...

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