When a second chance at life unexpectedly arrives, Tess knows it is futile to try and escape her past, but the possibility of happiness in an otherwise miserable life is a great temptation. John Durbeyfield is a poor peasant from the village of Marlott. Somewhat unreliable and irresponsible, not to mention a drinker, John has an equal partner in his wife, Joan.
Comparison with the book and the version StarDragyn 30 July Shortly after reading this book for the first time, I ordered this movie and loved it.
I had had rather mixed feelings towards the book while reading it kind of a love-hate relationshipand this film actually made me like the entire story much better. I liked it so much that only a couple weeks later I ordered the version, and just finished watching it last night.
Wow, what a difference! Although the one has the advantage of some higher quality filming and an extra hour of screen time more is usually better in my mind when it comes to my literature-based time period filmsI found the newer to be considerably inferior to this one! This version has a MUCH better cast all around.
I don't think you can beat this actress's rendition of Tess; I knew she was good in it, but couldn't fully appreciate HOW good until I saw the other version. My heart goes out to her, whereas Tess actually got on my nerves.
The difference in both roles is astounding. I even thought the smaller parts, like Tess's parents and the other milkmaids, were better done in this one. The only exception I make, is that I did think the Alec D'Urberville more like how I pictured him when I read the book; Alec does a fine job, is more subtle in his portrayal, but simply does not match so much what I thought he would look and sound like.
Although there is an hour less in this film than the other, I still felt like this one is more generally accurate. I am much more tolerant of deletions from book to film of course they can't fit everything in than I am about alterations. There was more material in the version, but they took more liberties, which simply annoys me.
This version, while it couldn't have every detail, what was there was very accurate for the most part. And it captures the story in its entirety quite well for its time constraints. If you're a Jane Austen fan as I amunderstand that this is NOT a Jane Austen story, which tend to be like fairy tales with happy endings; there are "bad guys" in her books, but they are not a real hindrance to the real heroines.
This is a grittier story, not set in the posh genteel society of the gentry and nobility; lots of low people, lots of hard labor, lots of reality.
And there are the "bad guys", and then those characters which tread the line between "good" and "bad". It's definitely more complex, definitely more drama, but very worthwhile if you're up to it and know what you're getting into.
If it is your first experience with this story, don't expect your viewing to be a relaxing ride. There is plenty to make you furious, happy, sad When I first read this book, it was something of an emotional roller coaster I'd absolutely adore one character, only to hate them intensely a few chapters later, and so onbut now that I'm more familiar with the story, I can appreciate it better.
It sinks under your skin and makes you keep thinking about it. This movie leaves you like that, too. It's an excellent rendition of an excellent book. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.A&E's movie was truer to the book than Roman Polanski's otherwise excellent and recommendable version, including the situation that sends Tess to the Stoke-D'Urbervilles in the first place.
And Oliver Milburn's portrayal of Angel Clare seems to fit the character in the .
Tess, the lead character in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, is a beautiful farm girl whose lower class status is denied by her father who fancies that his family are descendants of the old, aristocratic, D’Urberville family.
She is sent to work for an old, matriarch and her ne’er-do-well son, Alec, of the D’Urberville family. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy [A Review] Tess of the D’Urbervilles is the story of a young woman from a poor family, objectified, harassed and pursued .
Tess of the d'Urbervilles, a new adaptation for the stage with five actors was produced in London by Myriad Theatre & Film. Tess, a new rock opera is an official Next Link Selection at the New York Musical Theatre Festival with music, lyrics, and libretto by Annie Pasqua and Jenna Pasqua.
Posted by Elinor Cackett | Sep 19, | Classics, International, Old-Fashioned Romance, Period Dramas, Reviews, Television Reviews | 4 Tess of the d’Urbervilles is Hardy’s best . Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy My rating: 2 of 5 stars This classic novel should subtitled, in my opinion, as “A Tale of Three Bad Men”.
It’s not entirely fair to consider a book written nearly years ago from a modernist point of view (or post-modernist if you will).