||Nastassja Kinski (Tess Durbeyfield), Peter Firth (Angel Clare), Leigh Lawson (Alec Stokes-d'Urberville), John Collin (John Durbeyfield), Sylvia Coleridge (Mrs. d'Urberville), Richard Pearson (Vicar of Marlott), Tony Church (Parson Tringham), Brigid Erin Bates (Girl in meadow), Jeanne Biras (Girl in meadow), John Bett (Felix Clare), Tom Chadbon (Cuthbert Clare), Suzanna Hamilton (Izz Huett), Lesley Dunlop (Girl in henhouse), Patsy Rowlands (Landlady)
||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.