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Tess of the D'Urbervilles 

The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.
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In the late 19th century, Tess Durbeyfield is sent off to visit a rich cousin, Alec D'Urberville, when her parents learn that they are distantly related. Tess takes a disliking to the man and his attempts at seduction are rebuffed. Returning from a village party he forces himself on the innocent girl who eventually makes her way back to her parents' home. Ashamed and pregnant she seems destined to forever being marked a certain kind of woman. After the death of her child, she makes her way to a prosperous farm where, working as a milkmaid, she meets and eventually marries the handsome Angel Clare. On learning of her past however, he abandons her and with little choice and facing a life of extreme hardship, again falls into Alec's clutches and becomes a kept woman. Written by garykmcd

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Gemma Arterton is the first English-born actress to portray Tess. All the previous actresses to play the part were born in the United States (Minnie Maddern Fiske and Blanche Sweet), Germany (Nastassja Kinski), or South Africa (Justine Waddell). See more »

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There are two musical anachronisms. First, Angel plays an autoharp which was not invented until the 1880s in Germany, and would not have been an English folk instrument at the time of TESS. Secondly, the congregation is heard singing "How Great Thou Art," which was written in Swedish in 1885, but was not commonly known in English until Stuart Hine's translation (circa 1950). See more »

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Version of Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1913) See more »

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Hard to Watch (with constant frustration and anger)
28 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

A series that is very hard to watch let alone enjoy.

The social injustices, the criminality, the misfortunes, the stupidity, the callousness, the hatred, the misunderstanding, the selfishness, the vicious ego, the dreadful life... all of these negativity conjured up in me the constant mixed feelings of anger, desperation, depressed, frustration, sadness...

This is not entertainment, but rather a tortuous emotional provoking and roller coaster ride which unfolded screen by screen throughout the series in the worst sense of darkness and tragedy journey all the way to the last screen.

Good cast with fine acting job. Beautiful scenery and very appropriate color tones throughout. So, not all is lost.

Strongly recommended for people who enjoy seeing others suffer in a wretched and miserable life without happy ending. Stay away, otherwise.


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