Tess (Polanski, 1979): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 5.10pm
This film, part of the Roman Polanski season, is also screening on Feb 1st, 2nd, 8th, 17th and 24th. Details here.
Chicago Reader review:
'This lushly photographed Franco-British production (1979) comes on like an overbudgeted episode of Masterpiece Theatre,
but seen in the context of Roman Polanski's career it becomes something
rich and strange, shaded into terror by the naturalistic absurdism that
is the basis of Polanski's style. It's the familiar Polanski tale of an
innocent adrift in a hostile, chaotic environment, though it is
realized here with more subtlety and sympathy than he had managed in a
decade. The film is remarkably faithful to the Thomas Hardy novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, upon which it is based, yet it has been totally transformed in spirit. With Nastassia Kinski, Leigh Lawson, and Peter Firth.'
Here is an extract.