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TESS
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TESS

Directed by : Roman POLANSKI

Year of production : 1979 Length : 171 minutes

Synopsis

In 19th century England, a Dorset peasant, John Durbeyfield, discovers by chance that he is the last surviving descendant of an aristocratic family. Eager to profit from his newfound nobility, Durbeyfield sends his eldest daughter, Tess, to press his claim of kinship with the rich d’Urberville family. The young Alec d’Urberville, captivated by the beauty of this woman he calls “cousin”, agrees to employ her and sets about trying to seduce her. Tess ends up falling prey to Alec’s advances and returns pregnant to her parents’ home. She gives birth to a boy, who dies after a few weeks. To start anew, Tess leaves her village and finds a job on a farm where no one knows of her previous misfortune. There, she meets her true love.

Credits

Geoffrey UNSWORTH - Cinematography

Pierre GUFFROY - Set decorator

Alastair MCINTYRE - Film Editor

Jean-Pierre RUH - Sound

Philippe SARDE - Music

Roman POLANSKI - Director

Tom PRIESTLEY - Film Editor

Hervé DE LUZE - Film Editor

Ghislain CLOQUET - Cinematography

Casting

Nastassja KINSKI - Tess

Peter FIRTH - Angel Clare

Leigh LAWSON - Alec d'Urberville

John COLLIN - John Durbeyfield

Film's poster © DR

Press news

Contacts

Production

RENN PRODUCTIONS, TIMOTHY BURRIL PRODUCTIONS, SFP


Distribution

PATHÉ FILMS - T: 33 0612732313 - www.pathefilms.com
- pauline.richard@pathe.com


French press

EMLIE IMBERT - T: +33 (0)6 71 88 27 65


International sales

PATHÉ INTERNATIONAL - T: 33 (0) 1 71 72 30 0 - www.patheinternational.com
- agathe.theodore@pathe.com


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