Far From the Madding Crowd

Madding 1New York – Director Thomas Vinterberg (“The Hunt”) stopped by the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center to speak to the Lincoln Center Film Society members about his new film “Far from the Madding Crowd.”

Based on the book by Thomas Hardy, Carey Mulligan (“The Great Gatsby”) and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (“The Loft”) star in this tale of a young, independent and headstrong woman who attracts three very different suitors (a farmer, a soldier and a landowner).

Along with Vinterberg, Schoenaerts stopped by as well to discuss the film.

Here are a few pictures from the evening.

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Some notes on the talk:

  • While shooting the final scene of the movie, Carey Mulligan fell off the horse and concussed herself.
  • Schoenaerts is heading to Cannes Film Festival for another film he starred in called “Maryland.”
  • When Schoenaerts met Vinterberg for the first time, he was waiting for him in the lobby of a hotel.  Based on the past work Vinterberg had done, as well as his long history in film, Matthias thought he would be meeting a much older gentleman.  When Thomas walked up to Matthias, he thought this was Vinterberg’s son.  When he realized it was Thomas himself, he couldn’t believe it.  He did not expect someone so handsome and young, but then it made sense, because Thomas was 28 when he hit the first wave of stardom of his directing career.
  • The most important scene in the entire movie was the kiss at the end.
  • ENDING SPOILER: Originally, Vinterberg wanted Matthias’s character to leave on a ship to America and not turn back.  Instead, he was asked to keep the ending with the kiss and he stays.