This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) 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, which Polanski unfolds with deliberation and finesse. With its earthy visual textures, achieved by two world-class cinematographers—Geoffrey Unsworth (Cabaret) and Ghislain Cloquet (Au hasard Balthazar)—Tess is a work of great pastoral beauty as well as vivid storytelling.

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  1. Roman Polanski

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Gérard Brach


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  1. Nastassja Kinski

    Nastassja Kinski

    Tess Durbeyfield

  2. Peter Firth

    Peter Firth

    Angel Clare

  3. Leigh Lawson

    Leigh Lawson

    Alec Stokes-d'Urberville

  4. John Collin

    John Collin

    John Durbeyfield

  5. Sylvia Coleridge

    Sylvia Coleridge

    Mrs. d'Urberville

  6. Richard Pearson

    Richard Pearson

    Vicar of Marlott

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 51m

Budget -

Revenue -

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  • December 12, 1979



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