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Tess of the d’Urbervilles
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
| 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
| September 14, 2012
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
| 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
| 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.
| September 25, 2009
Any film/TV adaptation of Hardy is in fact rare.
Hardy, for once, gets his due
| 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
| December 16, 2008
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
| May 06, 2008
Hands and Coulloc’h are marvelous together, their nearly wordless love scenes genuinely, stunningly erotic.
English literature is sexier in French film
| July 11, 2007
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
| March 20, 2007
Breaking in the New Year
Far from the maddening crowd
| January 24, 2007
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
| December 28, 2006
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