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Dead Wessex’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles

That we have not yet fully outlived the Victorians seems self-evident, given the political right's priggishly austere agenda for women's reproductive health and rights.
Victoriana’s old clothes
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 21, 2012

Head back inside for fall’s theater

My own first show of the season will be this weekend's opening of Tess of the D'Urbervilles , the classic Thomas Hardy tragedy of the ravished Tess, mounted by the newly formed DEAD WESSEX FAIR (September 14-23, at the sadly soon-to-be former Lucid Stag
Leaves fall; curtains rise
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 14, 2012

Review: Trishna

If nothing else, Michael Winterbottom's updating of Tess of the D'Urbervilles to present-day India proves that Thomas Hardy will depress you no matter what the setting.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles set in present-day India
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 20, 2012

Review: Tamara Drewe

Stephen Frears's witty film version of Posy Simmonds's graphic novel — itself a loose adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1873 novel Far from the Madding Crowd — hews closely to its immediate source while lightening the tone and adding sly, Hardy-esque deta
Arterton, Evans avoid the madding crowd
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 15, 2010

Interview: Jane Goodall

If only there were more trees to be torn down, we could utilize them . . . to fill newspapers with the endless depressing stories out there about the environment and all its hapless inhabitants.
Creature comforts
By LANCE GOULD  |  September 25, 2009

Truly Tess

Any film/TV adaptation of Hardy is in fact rare.
Hardy, for once, gets his due
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 29, 2008

Arise and hail

"At first blush, Thomas Hardy seems an unlikely figure to associate with Revels." With due respect to Revels artistic director Patrick Swanson's program statement, this Hardy fanatic of almost 50 years begs to differ.
Revels goes to Thomas Hardy's Wessex
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 16, 2008

Learning curves

From Mr. Chips to Miss Jean Brodie, charismatic teachers have been the stuff of drama.
  SpeakEasy’s The History Boys; Trinity’s Paris by Night
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 06, 2008

Lady Chatterley

Hands and Coulloc’h are marvelous together, their nearly wordless love scenes genuinely, stunningly erotic.
English literature is sexier in French film
By PEG ALOI  |  July 11, 2007

Québec libre

The rise of the Quebec movie industry coincided with the awakening of French-Canadian cultural and political consciousness in the late ’60s.
Michel Brault and Claude Jutra at the HFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  March 20, 2007

Breaking in the New Year

Far from the maddening crowd
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  January 24, 2007


Not TV

Big names, new names, and a handful of poets provide worthwhile reading this winter to distract you from the Sopranos reruns on A&E.
Mailer, Lethem, Amis, Ashbery deliver good reads
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  December 28, 2006