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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
BBC Television's first-ever adaptation of Hardy's novel. See more »
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This is a very strange film. The first two parts are, of course, exquisite, in the usual BBC fashion. Artistic, true and serious. But it is quite a surprise that they lack any intensity. At first, it seems that all the actors are playing their parts beyond any possible reproach, again, in the unique English manner. Nevertheless, there is something disturbing. They don't seem to respond to one another at all. There is no "chemistry", if you will, between Tess and Alec or Angel. But trust me, upon watching parts 3 and 4, you will ask yourself "What on earth put that thought into my head?" In short, as the conflict escalates, you find yourself watching not a film version of a classic novel, but a masterpiece. And maybe I am exaggerating, but for the moment, the only thing I can say is this: Thank you.
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