Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree

DVD - 2006
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A working man in a small town in England, falls in love with a newly arrived schoolteacher from a wealthy family.
Publisher: [New York] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006
ISBN: 9781419825767
1419825763
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Under 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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trcookIIImddmd
Aug 18, 2017

Nice little period piece; very enjoyable. The BBC does an extraordinary job with these Hardy, Austen, Gaskell, Bronte stories, all of which are more than vaguely similar.

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essanator
Jun 14, 2017

Loved this! I'm a real sucker for period dramas. Light and lovely, nothing too heavy if you just want a heartwarming love story. A bit different from the book, and at first I didn't like the actress, but gradually I enjoyed her.

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readyrisa
Jan 15, 2015

Wonderful adaptation of the book. Great actors and chemistry. Gorgeous scenery.

Froster Dec 06, 2013

Don’t know quite what to say about this, as my comments are primarily about Hardy himself, and not this adaptation. But hey, why not? Unlike some fellow male authors during a similar timeframe (Tolstoy, Maupassant, Flaubert) he betrays an unwillingness to fit into his female characters’ shoes, and thus his interpretations of the motivations of his heroines are skewed and opaque. (Exhibit One: his “Tess” as opposed to Tolstoy’s “Anna” and Flaubert’s “Emma”, in quite similar novels). This makes his oeuvre seem rather shallow and schematic in comparison, at least to me. Now, this work has the same flaws--and is further hampered by an actress with little depth to fill in the blank spots. Let me suggest instead that you borrow an adaptation by the BBC of Mrs. Gaskell’s “Wives and Daughters”. It features the same lead actress, but this time in a production of a novel by a writer who respected and understood Victorian women. It is superb, and indicates that the flaws we’re used to in Dickens and Hardy were not simply the hazard of a different time period, but of a different sensibility.

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gvlee
Jun 18, 2011

A light romance from England in the 1800's, with touches of comedy. An enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes.

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NanaPat
May 08, 2011

I'm not sure what the 'greenwood tree' was a metaphor about but it was a cute little story with a typically cute ending. Even though it was one of those seemingly light stories , the depth of the characters was well laid out and typically Thomas Hardy quality.

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JuniperAvenue
Apr 20, 2011

If you're familiar with Thomas Hardy's major works and wonder if he's written anything light and fanciful, this title is for you. Personally, however, I much preferred Mayor of Casterbridge.

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cyan
Feb 11, 2010

Loved this!! Nice love story but not a cheesy chic flic. Well-acted with interesting characters.

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21221018290277
Oct 22, 2009

sweet, not really anything to do with the Greenwood tree, but I like it. :)

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essanator
Jun 14, 2017

essanator thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

decarabas Jun 02, 2011

decarabas thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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May 08, 2011

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NanaPat
May 08, 2011

A love story about a young woman returning to her home village to become a teacher. She struggles with the marriage proposals from 3 suitors, each of a different social class and wealth structure. True love ,as always , wins over Victorian social traditions.

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