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Geregisseerd door Roman Polanski
Verenigd Koninkrijk, Frankrijk, 1979


Directed by recently exiled Polish-American director Roman Polanski, this lushly photographed Franco-British production of the Thomas Hardy novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, is a stunning portrayal of an innocent adrift in a hostile, chaotic world.

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Tess Geregisseerd door Roman Polanski

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Academy Awards

1981 | 3 overwinningen waaronder: Best Cinematography

1981 | 3 nominaties waaronder: Best Picture

The film places Kinski against the lush backdrop of the French countryside, as photographed by Ghislain Cloquet and Geoffrey Unsworth. Cloquet, who’d worked with Bresson on Au Hasard Balthazar, took over when Unsworth, who’d been Director of Photography on Kubrick’s 2001, A Space Odyssey, suffered a fatal heart attack during the third week of shooting. This collaboration resulted in a strikingly beautiful movie, particularly the exteriors that recall the realist paintings of Gustav Courbet.
December 16, 2014
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Made at a time when half the world, it seemed, considered its director a pariah—as many have continued to vilify as champion Polanski in the thirty-five years since the Gailey incident—Tess stands as one of the filmmaker’s gentlest, most sumptuous works.
November 30, 2012
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…Consider various landscapes where Tess appears: in the fields with her baby; walking through the mud to see Angel’s family; surrounded by the police at the film’s end. Each scene reveals that her complex characterisation is as moody and intense as the scenery that surrounds her. This characterisation is reinforced by the cinematography. The cinematography works, then, to intensify our understanding of the film and highlights Polanski’s meticulous filmmaking.
March 01, 2008
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  • msmichel's rating of the film Tess

    Had the chance to see a re-mastered issue projected at TIFF lightbox representing my first viewing of the film since the eighties. Polanski offered a mostly faithful if subdued adaptation of the Hardy classic with the contributions of the artisans involved often overcoming the performers. Kinski makes a fine Tess evolving from timid peasant to firebrand over the 3 hour runtime. Winner of 3 Academy awards.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Tess

    I don't really know what to conclude. It has moments of affecting drama and is constantly beautiful (Nastassja Kinski is a screen goddess). However, the length seems unearned with sequences that evaporate in my memory and most male characters are just complete douches. Even other feminist films at least give their male characters SOME dimensions. Still, overall, it's worth watching.

  • Dzimas's rating of the film Tess

    I thought this was one of the most successful adaptations of a novel to film. Kinski was perfect as Tess, and the film moved with the same beautiful pace as the novel, bringing the story just as evocatively to its tragic end.

  • Roscoe's rating of the film Tess

    A surprisingly lifeless affair. Subpar performances, with Peter Firth's reptilian Angel Clare setting some kind of standard for sheer Implausibility as a Romantic Hero.

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Tess

    Absolutely beautiful in all aspects. I can't speak to its fidelity to the novel in regards to its translation of characters or plot to the screen but most of the talent bring a lot to their respective roles giving the film a vital quality while maintaining a deliberate pace. Kinski does an admirable job and makes good choices but doesn't bring much range to the character. Still a striking beauty on the screen.

  • Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Tess

    I know about his dire background, but I still cannot imagine a grain of wheat between Polanski's fingers...

  • n/a's rating of the film Tess

    Polanski’s grotesqueries recede to subtleties and Kinski, with a storyline reliant on tiny narratorial incongruities: the contrast of the tranquility of the countryside alongside the inner turmoil of the characters; the profusion of crossing paths, roads, intersections, entrances, and exits; and at last beginning with the end credits, signifying from the outset some haunting irrevocabilities...

  • A47's rating of the film Tess

    "Why not make the most of life?" This one really needs a restoration. Entire conversations in the silence. Polanski's Barry Lyndon; his fullest exhibition of female existentialism. Cocks and nipples litter the first half. Good old fashion rejection goes a long way -shitty honeymoon. "All is vanity." No, not even toil can free you from your pedigree. See, life is hard for the beautiful.

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