6 July 2020

Hafiz Adewuyi

Far from the Madding crowd

My first encounter with that phrase was through Deezer (music streaming app). The classical music track named "Far from the Madding crowd" was automatically recommended to me based on my listening history. I loved it so much, I saved it to my favourites. This encounter eventually led me to become a fan of Angele Dubeau, the composer.

A few months down the line, I encountered the term a second time after reading a feminism-related article on Medium. My curiosity about this uncommon term: "Far from the Madding crowd" was effectively stoked. My eventual Google search of the phrase taught me that my beloved Deezer track is actually a movie soundtrack.

Spoiler alert: This movie poster actually gives away the culmination of the love story

"Far from the Madding crowd: The movie" is a tale of love and conflict amongst the four people in the poster above. Like the soundtrack which I first discovered, the 2-hour long movie also found an instant home in my heart. Read the little snippet from the movie's Wikipedia article below to see if it might be your cup of tea. It definitely was mine, so much so that I have watched it twice already this year. 

The film is set in about 1870 in Britain. While Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) is working on her aunt's farm in Dorset, she meets a neighbouring farmer, Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts). As they get to know one another, he proposes, but the headstrong Bathsheba declines, saying she is too independent. One night a new sheepdog chases Gabriel's entire flock off a cliff. After settling his debts, he is penniless, and leaves in search of work. In contrast, Bathsheba inherits a farm from her uncle and leaves to take charge of it.

And finally, the book. It had been sitting in my Amazon shopping cart for months until a month ago (June 2020). I finally ordered it along with several other items. For the first time, I will enjoy the privilege of reading a book after having watched the movie. Maybe when I finish the book, I'll be inspired to rewatch the film, then write a movie vs book article. Or perhaps not - sounds difficult.

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1 February 2024 at 22:13 delete

This is very entertaining. Thanks for sharing