Tess

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 1979
  • Running time: 171 min
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... read more
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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 Release

10/01/1979

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Cast

John Collin John Durbeyfield
Tony Church Parson Tringham
Nastassja Kinski Tess (as Nastassia Kinski)
Brigid Erin Bates Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras Girl in meadow
Peter Firth Angel Clare
Leigh Lawson Alec d'Urberville
Sylvia Coleridge Mrs. d'Urberville
Richard Pearson Vicar of Marlott
John Bett Old dairy hand
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Roman Polanski

Writers

Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach, John Brownjohn, Thomas Hardy

Cast

John Collin John Durbeyfield
Tony Church Parson Tringham
Nastassja Kinski Tess (as Nastassia Kinski)
Brigid Erin Bates Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras Girl in meadow
Peter Firth Angel Clare
Leigh Lawson Alec d'Urberville
Sylvia Coleridge Mrs. d'Urberville
Richard Pearson Vicar of Marlott
John Bett Old dairy hand
Tom Chadbon Cuthbert Clare
Suzanna Hamilton Izz
Arielle Dombasle Mercy Chant
Maryline Even Girl in henhouse
Pascale de Boysson Mrs. Clare
Carolyn Pickles Marian
David Markham Reverend Mr. Clare
Rosemary Martin Mrs. Durbeyfield
Geraldine Arzul Child
Stephanie Treille Child

Producers

Editors

Alastair McIntyre, Tom Priestley

1981 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1981 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1981 Oscar Best Cinematography Won
1981 Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Won
1981 Oscar Best Costume Design Won
1981 Oscar Best Music, Original Score Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Foreign Film Won
1981 Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture Nominated
1981 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1981 Golden Globe New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female Won
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