BySimon Hardy Butler, writer at

Unfortunately, another cinematic version of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd is coming to the screens near you in 2015, and I'm not happy about it.

Why do we need a new film of this great story? We already have the definitive one in John Schlesinger's 1967 iteration starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Terence Stamp. Who needs an additional flick?

We do, apparently. But without the wistful score by Richard Rodney Bennett, which accompanied the action in Schlesinger's movie, or the beautiful cinematography by Nicholas Roeg, the latest installment is bound to be inferior.

At least that's the way I see it.

Check out this wonderful trailer for the 1967 picture. Dreamy, huh?

It doesn't tell the whole tale, but what can ... save the full film and the original book? I don't think the 2015 remake will compare, no matter what kind of talent is involved. Schlesinger's movie worked on all levels: It was moving, sometimes amusing, often shocking. And always satisfying. It'll be hard to replicate that.

My feeling is the version to come won't. Too bad.


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