The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)
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as Michael Henchard
as Donald Farfrae
as Susan Henchard
as Abel Whittle
as Joshua Jopp
as Mrs. Stannidge
as Councilor Vall
as Lucetta's Maid
as Mother Cuxsom
as Christopher Conly
as Solomon Longways
as Vagrant Woman
as Nance Mockridge
as Staylaces Dealer
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Though I have not read this Hardy novel, I am familiar with the classic author (Return of the Native, Tess of the d'Urbevilles). This work seemed to be true to Hardy, and to the time and culture he was writing about. It is colorful, lovely to look at, suspenseful when appropriate, and has a measure of tragedy. I like the work BBC does with classics. They are always authentic.
This movie can be described in two words: slow and boring. I only made it through the first half. I couldn't stand to watch something so dull for more than 2 hours.
This is a beautiful film, superbly acted by actors of depth and sublety. Powerful, touching and never ham-handed, it brings to life the tragic tale of a complicated man who was not so bad as momentarily misguided and simply an angry sort of drunk. The fact that he knows better and makes his missteps with regret make his end all the more tragic. James Purefoy is a pleasure to behold, and it is wonderful that he never plays to his looks, but disregards them entirely. (Making him all the more irresistable.) Elizabeth Jane is portrayed by a young woman perfect for the part, the only criticism being an overused expression of a crooked smile. I wish she had more range with her coy look, but perhaps that is all that comes out with a genuine emotion for this woman. Wish they'd spent a few more dollars on the musical score. Polly Walker, Ciaran Hines and James Purefoy happily all hooked up again for the fabulous two season series "Rome", which is breathtaking. But this film is a jewel and shouldn't be missed. Of course, Thomas Hardy isn't too bad himself. Highly recommend.
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