FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
STARRING JULIE CHRISTIE, TERENCE STAMP, ALAN BATES AND PETER FINCH
RESTORED AND BACK IN CINEMAS THIS SPRING
IN CINEMAS ON 13 MARCH 2015 | ON BLU-RAY & DVD ON 1 JUNE 2015
STUDIOCANAL and Independent Cinema Office are delighted to announce that a newly restored version of director John Schlesinger’s 1967 classic FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, will return to cinemas on 13 March 2015. The restoration process was personally overseen by the film’s cinematographer, Nicolas Roeg. The film will then be available on DVD and Blu-Ray from 1 June 2015.
Headstrong and passionate Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie) unexpectedly inherits a large farm in rural Dorset. Struggling to manage the farm herself, she captivates the hearts and minds of three very different men: an honest and hardworking sheep farmer (Alan Bates), a wealthy but tortured landowner (Peter Finch), and a reckless and violent swordsman (Terence Stamp). But as emotions become entangled, free spirited and innocent folly soon leads to devastating tragedy.
This newly restored version premiered at the 2014 London Film Festival in the Archive Strand. The restoration process was overseen by the film’s cinematographer and acclaimed director, Nicolas Roeg. Scanned at 4K and restored at 2K from the original 35mm negatives, the film’s aspect ratio, which was incorrect on its original release, has also been corrected as part of the restoration. This will be the longest version ever released in the UK. The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery).
Director John Schlesinger’s (Billy Liar, Darling) take on Thomas Hardy’s classic story of the trials of love within a rural 19th Century England rife with class distinction and social codes is beautifully realized through a script by Frederic Raphael (Eyes Wide Shut), an A-list ensemble cast including Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago), Terence Stamp (The Limey) and Peter Finch (Network) and an acclaimed score from Richard Rodney Bennett (Murder on the Orient Express).
The evocative cinematography from Nicolas Roeg showcases Thomas Hardy’s Dorset in all its glory.