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Tess (1979)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  12 December 1980 (USA)
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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Collin ...
Tony Church ...
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Tess (as Nastassia Kinski)
Brigid Erin Bates ...
Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras ...
Girl in meadow
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John Bett ...
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Rosemary Martin ...
Geraldine Arzul ...
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Stephanie Treille ...
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Elodie Warnod ...
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Ben Reeks ...
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Jack Stephens ...
Man in Tavern
Leigh Lawson ...
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Wessex County, England during the Victorian era. Christian values dominate what are social mores. These mores and her interactions with two men play a large part in what happens in the young life of peasant girl, the shy, innocent, proper yet proud Tess Durbeyfield. The first of these men is Alec d'Urberville. After learning from a local historian that they are really descendants of the aristocratic d'Urberville family which has died out due to lack of male heirs, Tess' parents send her to a nearby mansion where they know some d'Urbervilles actually reside. This move is in order for the family to gain some benefit from their heritage. Upon her arrival at the mansion, Tess quickly learns that the family of Tess' "cousin" Alec are not true d'Urbervilles, but rather an opportunistic lot who bought the family name in order to improve their own standing in life. Tess is pulled between what she was sent to accomplish for her family against her general disdain for Alec, who will give her ... Written by Huggo

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She was a poor man's daughter, an aristocrat's mistress and a gentleman's wife. She was Tess, a victim of her own provocative beauty. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

12 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy tiszta nő  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The melody that Angel plays on the recorder is a popular Polish folk song, "Laura i Filon". Since it is rather unlikely that a 19th century Englishman would know this tune, it is safe to assume that this is something that Polanski (of Polish descent) used the tune as a "trademark" of sorts. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the final sequence, set at Stonehenge, someone's head can be seen at bottom-left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Durbeyfield: Good night, t'ee.
Parson Tringham: Good night, Sir John.
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Referenced in Iron & Silk (1990) See more »

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Tess is a wonderful adaptation from a great book(by Thomas Hardy)),Nastassja Kinski was perfect for the part,long hair,bright eyes,fine featured,I always thought that her power as an actress is in her face(through gestures and tics); the director of the film Roman Polanski,said that "Thomas Hardy links the girl to the rhythm of nature",for that reason,in some scenes, she looks different, in spring her beauty flourish like pink roses,when her fate follows her,the weather is cold and windy,Tess seems pale,sad and lonely like a ghost;Nastassia projects this with delicacy and tenderness;Tess is a complex character,"not a typical victorian lady",the movie works in different levels:as a romantic/tragic love story,as an accusation of the hypocrisy of that rigid society,and that controversial scene when she loses her virginity,Hardy describes the event with ambiguity...was she raped o was she seduced?;but in the movie shows Alec "cruel intentions"more clearly.I just love Tess because she still stays untouched after all the problems,she has an special dignity,visually, the film looks great,Cherbourg villages(north of France) are similar to Dorset;Philippe Sarde haunting music penetrates under your skin,and that is pure emotion.


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