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message 1: by Amy (last edited Mar 23, 2016 07:27AM) (new)

Amy | 120 comments Mod
I noticed a surprisingly large number of movies that have been made from Thomas Hardy novels over the years. Here's a guide for you for those in English. The first link goes to the IMDb listing while any subsequent links go to the movie itself. If anyone finds links to any of the movies available online, let me know and I'll link to them on the master list. (Work in Progress)

Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy Desperate Remedies

Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy Under the Greenwood Tree
*Under the Greenwood Tree (2005) ... Netflix Instant
*The Greenwood Tree (1929)

A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy A Pair of Blue Eyes

Far from the Madding Crowd  by Thomas Hardy Far from the Madding Crowd
*North of Cheyenne (announced)
*Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) -- Netflix DVD
*Far From the Madding Crowd (1998) ... Netflix Save
*Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) ... Netflix
*Far From the Madding Crowd (1915)
*Far from the Madding Crowd (1909)

The Hand of Ethelberta  by Thomas Hardy The Hand of Ethelbert

The Return of the Native  by Thomas Hardy The Return of the Native
*The Return of the Native (2010)
*The Return of the Native (1994) ... Netflix Save

The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy The Trumpet-Major

A Laodicean A Story of Today (Everyman Library) by Thomas Hardy A Laodicean: A Story of Today

Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy Two on a Tower

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge
*The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003) ... Netflix
*The Claim (2000) ... Netflix
*The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978 TV mini-series) ... Netflix
*2nd House (1976 TV episode)
*The Mayer of Casterbridge (1921)

The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy The Woodlanders
*The Woodlanders (1997) ... Netflix Instant
Woodlanders (1970 TV mini-series)

Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy Wessex Tales
*Wessex Tales (1973 mini-series)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy Tess of the d'Urbervilles
*Trishna (2011)
*Tess of the d'Urbervilles (2008 TV mini-series) ... Netflix
*Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1998) ... Netflix
*Tess (1979) ... Netflix
*ITV Play of the Week: Tess (1960 one episode)
*Tess d'Urbervilles (1959)
*Tess d'Urbervilles (1952)
*Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1924)
*Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1913)

A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy A Group of Noble Dames

The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy The Well-Beloved

Life's Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy Life's Little Ironies

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure
*Jude (1996)
*Masterpiece Classics (1971 one episode)
*Jude the Obscure (1971 TV mini-series) ... Netflix Save

Short Stories:
The Three Strangers
*Thomas Hardy's The Three Strangers (2014)
*Your Favorite Story: The Three Strangers (1953 one episode)
*Actor's Studio: The Three Strangers (1949)

The Melancholy Hussar
*The Scarlet Tunic (1998) ... Netflix Save

On the Western Circuit
*The Day After the Fair (1986)
*The Day After the Fair (1976)

Exploits at West Poley
*Exploits at West Poley (1985)
*The Secret Cave (1953)

*Romina (1980 TV series)

The Distracted Preacher
*The Distracted Preacher (1969)

The Second Stranger
*General Electric Theater: The Second Stranger (1956 one episode)

The Loves of Margery
*A Romantic Adventure (1940)

*The Sunday Programme (2002)

message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul (waldenpond) Roman Polanski's "Tess" (1979) is my favorite movie of any kind, ever. Extremely well done, beautifully shot. However, do yourself a favor and don't waste your time with the "updated" version called "Trishna" (2011). Supposedly based on Hardy's novel and set in India, which sounded interesting before I started watching it. Unfortunately it seemed to have very little to do with the original story and was poorly put together anyway. I couldn't even get all the way through it.

message 3: by Amy (last edited Apr 30, 2014 12:52PM) (new)

Amy | 120 comments Mod
Yes, it was the 1979 Tess that won me over to become a Hardy fan. The newest Under the Greenwood Tree improved upon the novel and brought some points together, but it didn't make me actually like the novel any better.

Thanks for the warning on Trishna.

message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan Bevan | 28 comments I love the 1967 version of Far From The Madding Crowd. The actors were perfectly placed.

message 5: by Brian (new)

Brian Reynolds | 90 comments I enjoyed the recent 2015 version of Far From the Madding Crowd. It was well-cast, acted and looked good. Its major flaw was it was too short, leaving little story time to build between the tragic events, making them seem to come one after another which can seem ridiculous. The tragic Hardy stories need a little time to build like Tess and the 1967 FFTMC. In contrast, a story like Under the Greenwood Tree was fine as a short film.

message 6: by Brian (last edited Sep 10, 2017 08:32AM) (new)

Brian Reynolds | 90 comments Vladimir wrote: "I watched 5 of Thomas Hardy novles' adaptations, 3 of them were adaptations of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", I know many people prefer 79 film, but I think it was hard to understand the story by wat..."

At intermission while seeing the 79 Tess in a theater, I remember having to explain bits of the story to a couple of ladies who were a bit confused. They seemed to appreciate the insight I was able to give since I had read the book just prior to seeing the movie.

I remember liking Alan Bates in the TV miniseries of The Mayor of Casterbridge and look forward to re-reading it in October.

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