Director(s): Ian Sharp
IMDB Rating: 8
Young country girl Tess Durbyfield goes to work for her aristocratic relatives, the DUrbervilles, in an attempt at helping her family to raise some money. Her cousin Alec falls in love with her and seducesrapes her.
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(21 May 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the D'urbervilles (Amazon Instant Video) Watch this series if you want to be left depressed. Rated 5 star, no way. Loved Tess and hated everyone else except Tess's milkmaid friends.
(21 May 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (DVD) I chose this rating because I loved the DVD. I have yet to read the book, but I feel that the story in the DVD must be very true to the book.
(20 May 2013)
I'm sorry, but compared to other movies of its kind this movie did not rate high. The romance wasn't there and I barely felt sorry for the girl.
(20 May 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (DVD) I was very disappointed to receive a DVD from Amazon that was made in Mexico! The second disc is obviously a counterfeit. As it was the same price, as at other retail stores, I thought it would be of the same quality and stanards that you expect form a true BBC Video.Buy it in a retail store, so not to get "made in Mexico".
(19 May 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (DVD) This film was moving, to the edge of pathetic sympathy for this girl, good acting and great writing, but too dark and sad for my liking, however, others will love it I am sure.
(18 May 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the D'urbervilles (Amazon Instant Video) Pulls you in and definitely doesn't let you go. I loved the beginning to this series. There is definitely a chance that I will watch this again.
Caledonia Twin #1 (16 May 2013)
If I may be so bold, I would say that this particular adaptation of Tess ofthe d'Urbervilles is just what Hardy had in mind when he wrote hismasterpiece. However, it's difficult to put into words just why oneproduction works so well. For me, one crucial ingredient was the music. The music in this production is emotive, a bit lively, innocentlyhedonistic, playful and lilting, but with a definite, bittersweet noteillustrating the transient glory and ups and downs of Tess' too brief, andunfortunately, mostly tragic life. The beautiful Justine Waddell plays therole of Tess with great talent and simple dignity. In particular, I likedthe scene in which she says there's no point learning about history only todiscover that there have been countless other people like her in the pastliving through the same kind of drudgery. Oliver Milburn, who played AngelClare, brings a new kind of skeptical optimism to the role not as apparentin Peter Firth's portrayal back in 1979. Milburn seems more angelic andinnocent and innocuous in manner, posture, appearance, and in facialexpression. He is open and appealing, very easily seducing the heart ofTess in spite of her reservations. His treatment of her when he hasdiscovered her secret seems all the more callous and tragic for his previousadmiration and light-hearted demeanor. But kudos must go to the directorsand cinematographers of this production. From the opening scene of themaidens dancing in the field, the visual shots in this film are rich inbeauty and light, at least when all is well. Even the drear scenes to comeare depicted with absolute visual integrity and adhere faithfully to Hardy'svision and eloquent natural language. In particular, I like the fact thatin this film, the last scene at Stonehenge has been more accuratelyportrayed from the book than in the previous version, 1979's "Tess". (Ie.the atheistic comments have not been censored out when Tess mourns withdespair that Angel and she will never meet again.) All in all, this film isworth every moment watching. Not only are the dialogues delightful and thethemes intriguing, but many will be captivated simply by the gloriousscenery and by the beauty and demeure grace of Tess herself. My rating:10/10
(16 May 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (DVD) This adaptation of the novel really brings the both the story and FEELING of the book to the screen. Excellent casting and acting - again, all to present the characters as in the novel. In particular, Justine Waddells' portrayal of Tess is much more "three dimensional" than Kinski's good performance in the Polanski film version. I bought this DVD without ever seeing the program on A and E - I was not disappointed. For those who enjoyed the book, both this and the earlier Polanski version are well worth seeing.
(14 May 2013)
TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES is an exceptional film full of beautiful scenery and superb acting.No one could play this role better than JUSTINE WADDELL,it just wouldn't be the same without her playing the role.But praise has to go out to IAN SHARP for having a good eye for filmmaking. A+++++
(13 May 2013)
On the day of the May dance, Tess' father discovers he is a lineal descendant of the D'Urbervilles. While he celebrates his good fortune, his daughter dances in her creamy dress with her friends wearing lace shawls and bonnets. There is a sense of peace and happiness in a secluded part of the world. A place you never imagine could foster such exquisite pain. Tess (Justine Waddell) seems reticent and reluctant. She is torn between her responsibility to her family and finding her own happiness. In harsh times, she chooses to try her best at finding support for her family. In her reluctance, she casts a mysterious spell about herself and this seems to make her irresistible. Riding alone with a handsome man in a mysterious forest seems a fantasy at first. Then, when she draws the wrong man to her inner circle and he takes her by force, we doubt she will be able to love again. Once her mother releases her into this wolf's forest, she is never safe again. His love is damaging to her in all the worst ways. Not only does she become pregnant, her child dies and she must now carry this secret with her to her grave or be shunned by men who are more understanding of their own lusts, than of her forced submission after only a casual dalliance. Since she doesn't love Alec (Jason Flemying), she decides not to marry him. Although, if she did marry him, she could have lived in a beautiful Victorian mansion complete with wood floors and ferns in planters on pedestals. She is offered wealth again and again. I love this movie for so many reason. Not only can you escape to the English countryside, there are beautiful scenes of family life by fireplaces and country life on farms. Milk sloshes in wooden buckets and milkmaids are still innocent enough to cry when kissed. Just when we think Tess is safe, she falls in love with Angel Clare (Oliver Milburn). He sees her as a goddess, perhaps Demeter. Little does he know how true his words are, as Demeter was the goddess of fertility and was also raped. They played with this idea throughout the movie in subtle ways. Tess is seen holding grain, she is very fertile and she is raped. Through Tess' experiences with suffering and grief, she learns to empathize with others and eventually almost sacrifices her body for the love of her family. Then, her past comes back to haunt her in the worst ways. This is tragedy at its best, if there is such an idea. I loved this adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. However, I kept waiting for scenes I'd thought I'd seen before. Then, I realized I had mistaken this movie for Roman Polanski's 1980 adaptation. Both movies are excellent and will keep your attention right to the last second. Now I have a good excuse to watch "Tess." If you love comparing adaptations, it is well worth the extra time. Incredible acting, gorgeous scenery and a tragedy with so much irony and drama, you can't believe anyone could have luck this bad. Or was it just decisions the characters made in the direction of their own tragic ends? Should Tess have followed her heart to begin with and would that have made all the difference? Should you really tell your lover all your faults on your wedding night? This movie is not only stunning in its beauty, it also makes you think on a deeper level about a number of situations and how you would deal with them if you were Tess. One of the most compelling tragedies I've ever seen and I'm happy to say I enjoyed this adaptation as much as the 1980 version. Both are almost three hours in length. Not really movies you just watch on a whim. Movie Food: Strawberries!~The Rebecca Review
fijate26 (11 May 2013)
I by chance picked this movie up at my local library and went home towatch it. It is an amazing movie though rather depressing I found. Ienjoyed it a lot and did not want it to end. I also was captured byOliver Milburn who played Angel. I loved the music. It was beautiful. Ialso loved the fist scene of the girls dancing and the first time yousee Angel. I found that part one of my favorites. It was light andhappy but yet you had a feeling as to what was to come. I watched themovie again and it made me sad to see Tess so happy, beautiful andinnocent there. The beginning and the end are so different. The one sohappy and the other so sad. If only Angel had stayed.
(11 May 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (DVD) I absolutely loved this movie. It is well acted and excellent script. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves the time period.
stephanieford123 (10 May 2013)
This movie kept me enthralled from start to finish. I loved it so well,that I had to read the book afterwards. The actress (Tess) played herpart so wonderfully and the emotions on her face were so moving. Thismovie is definitely one to see, but I recommend a box of Kleenexnearby. I have always been a great fan of films written by the great authors ofthe past and wish that more were filmed. The Horatio Hornblower seriesis also very good and so is the newer Pride and Prejudice. Sometimes they produce films that are set in the past and they arecompletely a waste of time to see because the actors and actresses donot try to convey the feelings and ideas of the era (it just seems likea modern story with the actors wearing period clothing). I wonder ifanyone else ever feels the same way?
Stars-9 (09 May 2013)
After reading the book this movie was based on, I was excited to learnthatA&E made a film version made. I absolutely loved the adaptation. It stayedpretty true to the novel, and it was wonderful to be able to visually seethe setting Hardy was writing about, as well as the characters. Theperformances of the actors was extraordinary, and Tess in particular wascompelling. If you are going to watch the video, be sure to set aside 3hours at one time, because you will not even want to pause it just torefillthe popcorn bowl!
Michal (07 May 2013)
This movie was one of the best movies I have ever seen! It had a lot ofromance, so if you like romance this is the story for you. I loved AngelClare played by Oliver Milburn! I am reading the book and the moviefollowsit very closely. The ending isn't very expected. Some of you may like,andsome, as I, may not. You decide for yourself.
(06 May 2013)
I did not care for it at all. Ii was depressing, with a very unhappy ending. Extremely sad.
(04 May 2013)
I watched this on PBS, but wanted it for my wife. She enjoyed it greatly.
(03 May 2013)
Justine Waddell captures the very essence of Tess. unlike the actress in Polanski's version of Tess. The music, scenery, and acting are superb.
(29 April 2013)
This review is from: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (DVD) The movie was ok, but predictable. After I bought the video, I realized that I had seen it before. It is one of those movies that you only want to see once. Unfortunately, I have to keep it. Right?
(28 April 2013)
My name is Sarah and I am 12 years old. I thought that Tess of the D'Urbervilles was a very good film, in fact I thought it was brilliant. I have seen other films with Justine Waddell in, they were The Woman in White and Wives and Daughters. I strongly recommend Wives and Daughters as absolutely fantastic especially if you are as big a fan as me!
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