Thomas Hardy's greatest accomplishment, to date, when published in 1874, was considered an early piece of feminist literature featuring a strong woman with the courage to defy convention and live an independent life. In this tome he transports the reader to British rural life in Dorset England. Madding actually meant 'frenzied' in Hardy's era.
"Hardy Country" is in the area where I stayed with my treasured friend Sylvia and husband Joe, in the town of Sherborne. Think thatched cottages, undulating green valleys, gardens, sheep.........all oozing with charm.
The ancient town of Sherborne was transformed to late 17th c England, not terribly difficult as the setting is intact with a variety of buildings dating from 1260 onwards.
All the action centered around the magnificent Sherborne Abbey
The current heroine, Bathsheba, is Oscar recipient Carey Mulligan, do you remember the original Julie Christy version?
This is a period drama as we follow Bathsheba's relentless misfortunes regarding men, culminating in a surprise reunion at a street fair, with shepard, Oak. The street fair portion was filmed in Sherborne.
Below is Troy, her dashing albeit disastrous husband, followed by the only man whom stood by her, always, Oak.
The only element that belies modern times is the 'official parking only' sign to the right.Gravel was heavily scattered over the Abbey close asphalt roads and paths, very little else
needed transforming. Britain has, over time, buried all electrical lines underground to not impede it's magnificent views. BRAVO!
One exception was the exterior transformation of the surrounding shops. In the far left of this image is a series of cardboard newsprint boards, see it? Those boards conceal a red British telephone box
I cannot wait for the release in Spring 2014.
While away I had the pleasure of seeing two other films I can highly recommend..........
Have you seen 'Blue Jasmine' by Woody Allen? A comedy-drama about a wealthy NY socialite, Cate Blanchette, that finds herself penniless and homeless. Cate should be nominated for an oscar in this performance. Watching it again on the flight home added another dimension with the knowledge of the shocking twists and turns to come.
Illinois' winter season is a perfect time to hunker down and watch a movie. Any recommendations?
Remember that and enjoy your Thanksgiving!
Please consider supporting your local small businesses this Saturday, well always really.
At Scentimental Gardens, we are hosting a one day sale;
If it is on our walls.......it is 20% off.
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