As timely today as the day it was written.Oct. 06, 1979UK, France171 Min.
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Nastassja Kinski isTess Durbeyfield
Tess Durbeyfield
Peter Firth isAngel Clare
Angel Clare
Leigh Lawson isAlec Stokes-d'Urberville
Alec Stokes-d'Urberville
John Collin isJohn Durbeyfield
John Durbeyfield
Sylvia Coleridge isMrs. d'Urberville
Mrs. d'Urberville
Richard Pearson isVicar of Marlott
Vicar of Marlott
Tony Church isParson Tringham
Parson Tringham
Brigid Erin Bates isGirl in meadow
Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras isGirl in meadow
Girl in meadow
John Bett isFelix Clare
Felix Clare


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.

Original titleTess
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