Tess

Tess (1979)

As timely today as the day it was written.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1979-10-06
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 100 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Renn Productions
  • Production Country: France, United Kingdom
  • Director:
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Summary

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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Production Claude Berri Producer
Directing Roman Polanski Director
Writing Roman Polanski 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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