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Tess

[cert 15, 190 mins]

Inspired by Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, a rural clergyman in 19th century England tells Derbyfield, a simple farmer, that he is descended from the illustrious d'Urberville family- now extinct...or maybe not. Derbyfield sends his daughter Tess to check on a family named d'Urberville living in a manor house less than a day's carriage ride away. Alec d'Urberville is delighted to meet his beautiful "cousin" and seduces her with strawberries and roses. In actuality Alec has gotten his illustrious name and coat of arms by purchasing them. Tess too takes up the game of illusion when she finds, loses and finds again her true love Angel.

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Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Tony Church

Level: AS, A2, GCSE

Subjects: English, Film Studies, Media Studies

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