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Tess

Roman Polanski

 
Tess (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1979
  • 171 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #697

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.

Cast

Tess DurbeyfieldNastassja Kinski
Angel ClarePeter Firth
Alec d’UrbervilleLeigh Lawson
John DurbeyfieldJohn Collin
Joan DurbeyfieldRosemary Martin
MarianCarolyn Pickles
Vicar of MarlottRichard Pearson
Reverend Mr. ClareDavid Markham
Mrs. ClarePascale de Boysson
RettyCaroline Embling
IzzSuzanna Hamilton
Mrs. d’UrbervilleSylvia Coleridge
Parson TringhamTony Church
Girl in henhouseLesley Dunlop
Dairyman CrickFred Bryant
Farmer GrobyDicken Ashworth
HousekeeperPatsy Smart
Old dairy handJohn Barrett
LandladyPatsy Rowlands

Credits

DirectorRoman Polanski
Executive producerPierre Grunstein
ProducerClaude Berri
CoproducerTimothy Burrill
Associate producerJean-Pierre Rassam
ScreenplayGérard Brach, Roman Polanski and John Brownjohn
Based on the novel byThomas Hardy
MusicPhilippe Sarde
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth and Ghislain Cloquet
Film editingAlastair McIntyre and Tom Priestley
Production designPierre Guffroy
CostumesAnthony Powell
CastingMary Selway
Production managerPaul Maigret

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Roman Polanski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Once Upon a Time . . . “Tess,” a 2006 documentary about the film
  • Three programs on the making of the film—From Novel to Screen, Filming “Tess,” and “Tess”: The Experience—featuring interviews with Polanski, actors Nastassja Kinski and Leigh Lawson, producer Claude Berri, costume designer Anthony Powell, composer Philippe Sarde, and others
  • Interview with Polanski from a 1979 episode of The South Bank Show
  • Forty-five-minute documentary shot on location for French television during the making of the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Colin MacCabe

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Truest Tess

By Colin MacCabe February 27, 2014

Roman Polanski’s film is a highly sophisticated adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, in both its faithfulness and its divergences. Read more »

Behind the Scenes

Making Tess

March 07, 2014


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Film Essays

Current_28594id_071_thumbnail

The Truest Tess

By Colin MacCabe February 27, 2014

Roman Polanski’s film is a highly sophisticated adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, in both its faithfulness and its divergences. Read more »


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