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A good interpretation of Hardy
on 30 November 2011
"Is it as good as the book?" is a question often asked about films based on or purporting to be the film of the book. I have always thought it a stupid question and trying to discover the answer spoils enjoyment of many films. Which is better, the sausage or the currant cake? No-one would even consider answering this one.
It is an enjoyable film, well-acted and directed but Polanski's 1979 "Tess" with Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth and Leigh Lawson it certainly is not, although it comes a close second.
Hardy's "Wessex" is brought to vivid life and the story is told fairly faithfully but, for anyone who has seen other versions, it will always be left wanting, particularly in comparison with the one mentioned above. Ultimately, it will come down to personal preferences and whether the actors in this are the realisation of reader's imaginations. Worth an evening's viewing but don't get caught up with sausages and currant cakes. (I go for the cake every time!)