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The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978)
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The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 350 min.
TV show
Story: In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, changes his ways. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Nearly twenty years later his past comes back to haunt him.
Style: tense, atmospheric, clever, serious, emotional, realistic, talky
Plot: small town, betrayal, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, haunted by the past, society, rivalry, tragic hero, hidden truth, buried truth, power relations, social relations, drunkard, social outcast, father daughter reunion
Place: england, europe

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Duration: 196 min.
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