Tess (1979) Full Movie

Tess
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Tess (1979) : A strong-willed peasant girl 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.

Title Tess (1979)
Release Date Oct 06, 1979
Genres ,
Production Company Renn Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions, SFP
Production Countries France, United Kingdom
Casts Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin, Sylvia Coleridge, Richard Pearson, Tony Church, Carolyn Pickles, Suzanna Hamilton, Caroline Embling, Lesley Dunlop
Plot Keywords rape, based on novel or book, peasant, historian, marriage, love, revenge, murder, mansion, family, farmer, young, nobility, aristocratic, strong, stonehenge, 19th century
Tess Durbeyfield
Tess Durbeyfield
Nastassja Kinski
Angel Clare
Angel Clare
Peter Firth
Alec Stokes-d'Urberville
Alec Stokes-d'Urberville
Leigh Lawson
John Durbeyfield
John Durbeyfield
John Collin
Mrs. d'Urberville
Mrs. d'Urberville
Sylvia Coleridge
Vicar of Marlott
Vicar of Marlott
Richard Pearson
Parson Tringham
Parson Tringham
Tony Church
Marian
Marian
Carolyn Pickles
Izz Huett
Izz Huett
Suzanna Hamilton
Retty
Retty
Caroline Embling
Girl in Henhouse
Girl in Henhouse
Lesley Dunlop
Girl in Henhouse
Girl in Henhouse
Maryline Even
Mercy Chant
Mercy Chant
Arielle Dombasle
Felix Clare
Felix Clare
John Bett
Cuthbert Clare
Cuthbert Clare
Tom Chadbon
Reverend Mr Clare
Reverend Mr Clare
David Markham
Mrs Clare
Mrs Clare
Pascale de Boysson
Dairyman Crick
Dairyman Crick
Fred Bryant
Mrs Crick
Mrs Crick
Josine Comellas
Old Dairyhand
Old Dairyhand
John Barrett
Old Dairy Hand
Old Dairy Hand
Anne Tirard
Farmer Groby
Farmer Groby
Dicken Ashworth
Landlady
Landlady
Patsy Rowlands
Housekeeper
Housekeeper
Patsy Smart
Girl in meadow
Girl in meadow
Brigid Erin Bates
Girl in meadow
Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras
Parson at Wedding
Parson at Wedding
Gordon Richardson
Religious Fanatic
Religious Fanatic
Peter Benson
Pedlar
Pedlar
Jimmy Gardner
Postman
Postman
Keith Buckley
New Tenant
New Tenant
Forbes Collins

Reviews

  • Wuchak

    _**Bringing in the sheaves stuck between a demon and an angel**_ During the Long Depression of the 1870-80s in Blackmore Vale, southern England, a peasant family discovers that they are nobility and thus their oldest daughter, an extraordinarily beautiful woman (Nastassja Kinski), is sent to meet the well-to-do family. She is eventually pitted between the interest of two very different men (Leigh Lawson and Peter Firth). Roman Polanski's "Tess" (1979) is based on Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." Polanski was inspired to make the film because his late wife, Sharon Tate, gave him the book suggesting it would make a great film and she was interested in playing the title role. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the last time Roman saw his pregnant wife alive as she was heading back to the USA while he stayed in Europe to complete a picture. She was murdered by the Manson psychos on August 9th, 1969. This movie is dedicated to her during the opening credits. The two male characters are basically two sides of the same bad coin: one is amoral while the other is excessively moral. There is a scene in the book where Alec shows up to talk to the workers at harvest time wearing a cape with an upturned collar and carrying a pitchfork. The symbolism is obvious. Meanwhile Angel's figurative character is plain from his name. What's the point? Just as it's possible to be excessively bad, a person can be too good. The bible makes this observation in Ecclesiastes 7:16-18. They are two extremes and both have the power to destroy the lives of those they influence. To be expected, Angel eventually seeks to make things right whereas Alec arrogantly continues in his nonchalant amorality, which ultimately ushers in doom. The immutability of this is symbolized by Stonehenge. While a lot of people eventually swing to one extreme perspective/lifestyle or another, e.g. moralist, hedonist, atheist, most people are caught somewhere in the middle, uncertain and searching, like Tess. To enjoy this piece you have to brace yourself for a movie that has the confidence to take its time and tell its tale. You'll discover Victorian curiosities, pastoral mundaneness, beauty, lust, love, idiocy, humility, penitence, arrogance and tragedy. The film runs 3 hours, 6 minutes, with the original theatrical version running 2 minutes less and the DVD 2 hours, 52 minutes. It was shot entirely in France. GRADE: A-/B+