Tess (1979)


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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Movie Score: 6.8/10 from 97 votes
Release Date: 1979-10-06
Status: Released
Run time: 171 min / 2:51
Production Studio : Renn Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions, Société Française de Production (SFP)
Production Countries: France, United Kingdom
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Tess Casts

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

Tess Crew

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