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By Tom Keogh

Roman Polanski adapted Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles and came up with this moody, haunting film starring Nastassia Kinski as the farm girl who is misused by the aristocrat for whom she works and who is then caught in a marriage where her initial happiness soon turns to grief. Fans of the novel may feel unpersuaded by Polanski's effort to marry Hardy's Dorset vision with his own fascination with psychosexual impulses toward survival, but the film is an often stunning thing to see, and Kinski's sensitive, intelligent performance lingers in the memory.

Academy Awards

Tess received Academy Awards for Art/Set Direction (Pierre Guffroy, Jack Stephens), Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth, Ghislain Cloquet) and Costume Design (Anthony Powell). Tess also received Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture (Claude Berri, Timothy Burril) Directing (Roman Polanski) and Best Original Score (Philippe Sarde).

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Director: Roman Polanski

Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson

Released: December 12, 1979

Availability: VHS CD

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