Sneak peek: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’

Brian Truitt, USA TODAY 5:30 a.m. EDT October 31, 2013

Carey Mulligan takes on the role of headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, a woman with three suitors.

“Hardy has a fantastic ability to put his characters in situations that mean life and death, so it’s a sweeping romance and a great drama at the same time.”

In the story, Bathsheba is courted by a trio of very different suitors: the well-to-do older bachelor William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), who makes her acquaintance after she inherits her uncle’s farm; the heedless young soldier Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), who uses his swordplay to impress the girls; and Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), the shepherd who keeps finding his way into Bathsheba’s life and is attracted to her attitude and passionate nature.

(via Sneak peek: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjUjWkrzMik

Michael Sheen reads Lord Byron’s She Walks In Beauty

She Walks In Beauty
by Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!