Tess

Feature Film | FR, GB 1979 | 190' | OV

In the beginning, there is a careless statement. In the end, a life destroyed. When a pompous priest addresses drunkard Durbeyfield as »Sir John,« he sets in motion a chain of unfortunate events that turn the life of the latter’s daughter Tess into martyrdom. »A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented« is the subtitle to Thomas Hardy’s novel upon which the screenplay was based. And »pure« is how Tess remains, in the book as well as in Polanski’s adaptation, even though she bears a child out of wedlock, and is ultimately driven to commit a murder. The film was Nastassja Kinski’s international breakthrough, following the waves she had made in Germany with her appearance in REIFEZEUGNIS (FOR YOUR LOVE ONLY), an installment in the long-running TATORT series of made-for-television films.

Director
Roman Polanski
Novel
Thomas Hardy »Tess of the D’Urbervilles«
Script
Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn
Photography
Ghislain Cloquet, Geoffrey Unsworth
Editors
Alastair McIntyre, Tom Priestley
Production Design
Pierre Guffroy
Music
Philippe Sarde
Sound Editors
Hervé de Luze, Peter Horrocks
Principal Cast
Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, John Collin, Rosemary Martin, Tony Church, David Markham, Pascale de Boysson, John Bett, Tom Chadbon
Producer
Claude Berri
Co-Producer
Timothy Burrill
Executive Producer
Pierre Grunstein
Associate Producer
Jean-Pierre Rassam

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