Tess

Tess

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Director: Roman Polanski

Cast: Nastassja Kinski, Leigh Lawson, Peter Firth

     
 

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Roman Polanski's beautifully photographed adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Tess, debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer does justice to the first-rate cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Surround. English, French, andSee more details below

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Roman Polanski's beautifully photographed adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Tess, debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer does justice to the first-rate cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a rather extensive set of behind-the-scenes footage that offers a variety of insights into the making of this film, the last Polanski would direct for seven years. This exact same disc is also available in a deluxe edition that contains a paperback edition of the novel.

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Tess is Roman Polanski's sparse, straightforward, unsentimental adaptation of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy's classic novel of a woman whose compromised chastity triggers her tragic downfall. Clocking in at 170 minutes, Tess takes a leisurely approach to advancing the narrative, but remains distant, preferring a remote look at the bleakness of Victorian England to the gussied-up flair featured in other costume dramas. Cinematographers Ghislain Cloquet and Geoffrey Unsworth, who won Oscars for their work, put an appropriately gray Victorian England up onscreen, its sunless atmosphere in line with the themes of the novel. The quiet, contemplative nature of the film is echoed, although not so skillfully, in the lead performance of Natassja Kinski. Seemingly cast more for her soulful eyes (and Polanski's budding relationship with her) than her acting, Kinski gives a tentative, one-note performance that is nearly inaudible. Still, it served to deliver her a variety of other projects and bring her limited stardom. Peter Firth's turn as Angel Clare, whose spurning of Tess is almost crueler than her misuse at the hands of her sham cousin (Leigh Lawson), is typical of Polanski's (and Hardy's) skepticism about the possibility of true romantic heroism. The film clearly portrays why a woman's faith in God would waver when faced with a world that refuses to distinguish the victim from the victimizer. In an interesting side note, Polanski dedicated Tess to his real-life tragic heroine, his murdered wife, Sharon Tate.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
UPC:
0043396017078
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:52:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Over 70 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Tess: From Novel to Screen," "Filming Tess," "Tess: The Experience"; Bonus previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nastassja Kinski Tess Durbeyfield
Leigh Lawson Alec d'Urberville
Peter Firth Angel Clare
John Collin Mr. John Durbeyfield
David Markham Rev. Mr. Clare
Rosemary Martin Mrs. Durbeyfield
Carolyn Pickles Miriam
Richard Pearson Vicar of Marlott
Pascale de Boysson Mrs. Clare
Peter Benson Religious Fanatic
Dicken Ashworth Farmer Groby
John Barrett Old dairy band
John Bett Felix Clare
Jeanne Biras Girl in Meadow
Fred Bryant Dairyman Crick
Keith Buckley Possman
Tom Chadbon Cuthbert Clare
Tony Church Parson Tringham
Sylvia Coleridge Mrs. d'Urberville
Forbes Collins New tenant
Josine Comellas Mrs. Crick
Arielle Dombasle Mercy Chant
Lesley Dunlop Girl in benbouse
Caroline Embling Retty
Jimmy Gardner Pedler
John Gill Landlord
Suzanna Hamilton Izz
Jacque Mathou Harvester
John Moore Possman
Patsy Rowlands Landlady
Patsy Smart Housekeeper
Jacob Weizbluth Yokel at barn-dance
Graham Weston Constable
Marilyne Even Girl in benbouse
Anne Tirard Old dairy band

Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director,Screenwriter
Claude Berri Producer
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
John Brownjohn Screenwriter
Timothy Burrill Co-producer
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
Pierre Grunstein Executive Producer
Pierre Guffroy Production Designer
Didier Lavergne Makeup
Paul Maigret Production Manager
Alastair McIntyre Editor
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Priestley Editor
Jean-Pierre Rassam Associate Producer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Mary Selway Casting
Jack Stephens Art Director
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [7:10]
2. May Day [8:07]
3. Alec d'Urbervilles [8:06]
4. To the Chicken Farm [5:55]
5. Alec's Invitations [5:46]
6. Helpless [9:45]
7. The Mother and the Vicar [4:53]
8. Salvation [3:51]
9. Milkmaid [6:37]
10. Angel Clare [6:14]
11. "I Love You" [5:49]
12. Holding Back the Truth [9:56]
13. The Letter [6:36]
14. Confessions [8:06]
15. Abandoned [8:48]
16. To Brazil [4:58]
17. Back to the Fields [3:13]
18. "I'd Like to Die" [5:53]
19. Of Use to the Poor [4:49]
20. An Offer to Help [6:41]
21. "Poor Father's Eyes Are on Us" [5:45]
22. Searching for His Wife [6:06]
23. Worlds Apart [6:15]
24. Murder [3:41]
25. "Will They Hang Me?" [3:32]
26. A Taste of Peace [4:48]
27. Stonehenge [4:51]
28. "Have They Come for Me?" [5:52]

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