So we come to the final post, and the earliest version of Tess, made by Roman Polanski back in 1979. It’s actually a beautiful version with Tess played by a 17 year old Natasha Kinski, and Angel played ironically, by a very young Peter Firth. Natasha is really astonishing, considering that it’s one of her first roles, she’s acting in a second language with a difficult accent. I think she’s my favourite Tess. And Peter, well it was just interesting to see him as a very young man.
I do like the classic style of this film, with its gorgeous music and cinematography, but I think the ending’s a bit rushed here.
Tess’s attempted confession:
The final moments:
So there you go. Given I’ve actually only seen this version in full, I’m going to track down the 1998 version because it looks fantastic.