Tess (DVD) BFI


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Superb restoration of Roman Polanski’s acclaimed 1979 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic Tess of the d’Urbervilles. This is the first time that Tess has been available in High Definition anywhere in the world.

Nastassia Kinski stars as Tess, a strong-willed working class girl who discovers that she has title connections by way of her old aristocratic surname and who is raped by her wealthy cousin, whose right to the family title may not be as strong as he claims.

Filmed in Brittany, this multi-award-winning epic was the most expensive French film of its time, and features at its heart an unforgettable, career-defining performance by the 17-year-old Kinski. Also stars Peter Firth (Equus, Spooks) and Leigh Lawson.

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Special Features

Stunning new 4K digital restoration
Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
Tess: From Novel to Screen (Laurent Bouzereau, 2004, 29 mins, DVD only): Polanski on the adaptation of Hardy's classic novel, with contributions from Hardy scholars and cast and crew
Filming Tess (Laurent Bouzereau, 2004, 26 mins, DVD only): cast and crew discuss the technical challenges they faced
Tess: The Experience (Laurent Bouzereau, 2004, 20 mins, DVD only): those who worked on Tess discuss their experiences
Costume Designs (2013, 2 mins): Anthony Powell's award-winning designs
Original theatrical trailer
Fully illustrated booklet with essays and credits