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Not bad but there are better adaptations
on 28 May 2017
Tess of the D’Urbervilles is a classic Thomas Hardy novel which has been adapted a few times into film and television series. Both the BBC and ITV have since done productions which I would say are superior to this Roman Polanski version, though it is worth watching.
The main flaw I would say is the choice of lead actor. I don’t think that Polanski was being as objective as he might have been in choosing Nastassia Kinski to play Tess. She is too “dreamy” and lacking energy and vitality, and the accent is a problem. Overall though ok.