Tess

As timely today as the day it was written.

Tess (1979)

DramaRomance

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.

Director: Roman Polański
Writers: Roman Polański, Gérard Brach.

Release Date: 1979-10-06
Status: Released
Run time: 171 min / 2:51
Production Companies : Renn Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions, Société Française de Production (SFP)
Production Countries: France, United Kingdom

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Nastassja Kinski
Tess Durbeyfield
Peter Firth
Angel Clare
Leigh Lawson
Alec Stokes-d'Urberville
John Collin
John Durbeyfield
Sylvia Coleridge
Mrs. d'Urberville
Richard Pearson
Vicar of Marlott
Tony Church
Parson Tringham
Brigid Erin Bates
Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras
Girl in meadow
John Bett
Felix Clare
Tom Chadbon
Cuthbert Clare
Suzanna Hamilton
Izz Huett
Lesley Dunlop
Girl in henhouse
Patsy Rowlands
Landlady
John Barrett
Old Dairyhand

Crew

Production Claude Berri Producer
Directing Roman Polański Director
Writing Roman Polański Screenplay
Writing Gérard Brach Screenplay
Editing Tom Priestley Editor
Sound Philippe Sarde Original Music Composer
Camera Ghislain Cloquet Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Anthony Powell Costume Design
Art Pierre Guffroy Production Design
Art Jack Stephens Production Design
Writing Thomas Hardy Novel

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