Tess (1979)

Oct 06, 1979 171 min Watch Trailer

overview : This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge, which Polanski unfolds with deliberation and finesse. With its earthy visual textures, achieved by two world-class cinematographers—Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret) and Ghislain Cloquet (Au hasard Balthazar)—Tess is a work of great pastoral beauty as well as vivid storytelling.
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Nastassja KinskiTess Durbeyfield
Peter FirthAngel Clare
Leigh LawsonAlec Stokes-d'Urberville
John CollinJohn Durbeyfield
Sylvia ColeridgeMrs. d'Urberville
Richard PearsonVicar of Marlott
Tony ChurchParson Tringham
Brigid Erin BatesGirl in meadow
Jeanne BirasGirl in meadow
John BettFelix Clare
Tom ChadbonCuthbert Clare
Suzanna HamiltonIzz Huett
Lesley DunlopGirl in henhouse
Patsy RowlandsLandlady
John BarrettOld Dairyhand

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