Highly Recommended


I just finished watching a great DVD called “Under the Greenwood Tree.” Don’t miss it. It is one of those old-timey English style tales that we all love so much.

The movie is based on a story written by Thomas Hardy in 1872. It’s about the efforts of the members of a choir in a rural church to keep change and modern ways from encroaching on what they hold dear. It is the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in England as it touches the lives of these rural farm families who are reluctant to lose their old reliable ways.


It is most especially the story of the romance between the local fellow, Dick Dewy, and the schoolteacher Fancy Day. This aspect of the story is actually quite funny in so many ways. There are three men all vying for Fancy’s affection, all light years apart in personality and personal circumstances. How they intertwine makes for excellent fun. You never know which way it will go until the end.

Reportedly this was Thomas Hardy’s favorite among his novels. It is vividly set in his fictional Mellstock, Dorsetshire. The story ambles through the seasons, and the activities of rural life – harvesting honey, apple-picking, and cider-making which are all integral parts of the texture of the tale. The title was taken from Shakespeare’s song in “As You Like It.”

Under the greenwood tree,
Who loves to lie with me,
And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither;
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

I’m sure you can get this DVD from the library, if it’s not in your regular video rental places. Treat yourself soon!

Alternate titles for this blog: “A bit of a sticky wicket!” ~ “Rich or Poor? I, I, I Pick . . .” ~
“Retirement = Lotza Time for Great Movies”


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Holly on Monday, May 28, 2007 at 7:54 am

    I’ve never even heard of this one. I’ll have to put it on hold at the library. Thanks for the recommendation, eh.


  2. I am hooked from the post alone. I love “LOVE Stories”. Thanks


  3. I will have to make a note of this for when Craig goes camping and I need a good “girl” movie to watch. Thanks!


  4. Thanks for passing this on, Auntie.
    Heather, that should be soon. ;)


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