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Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Hardy’s Tess Of The D’Urbervilles

Roman Polanski’s adap of Hardy’s Tess Of The D’Urbervilles was shot in Brittany and Normandy, as the director couldn’t risk extradition by visiting Britain.

But it’s visually lovely, even if the fake Stonehenge built for the climactic scene irresistibly recalls This Is Spinal Tap.

In fact, the visual lushness does become a bit cloying and, in the title role, 18-year-old Nastassja Kinski never convinces as a simple peasant girl.

Tess picked up three Oscars, including a joint one for DoPs Geoffrey Unsworth (who died mid-shoot) and Ghislain Cloquet, but from the maker of Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion it all feels oddly bland.

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