Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998)
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Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors, and this is a great interpretation of one of his most famous works.
I confess I have not read the book, so ignorance is implicitly an issue. I can say I'm glad I'm not Tess, and that my pick of men is greater than Alec versus Angel.
:) Netflix [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/url/shop.php?k=pricegrabber-videorelease&id=108297102"][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/29/204829_thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [b]My Review:[/b] Although the actors did an excellent job, Justine Waddell as Tess, Oliver Milburn as Angel, and Jason Flemyng as Alec, the story moved too slowly onscreen. I haven't read the book, but kind of figured out what might happen. It just took too long to get there. This is a Victorian England piece with some lovely scenes of the English countryside, including Stonehenge, a place I've visited. The backgrounds reflect the drama as Tess moves through her life. And although this is a very sad story, I never felt much emotion for any of the characters. It should have been a real tearjerker, but I was dry-eyed throughout, which for me is quite unusual. I did, however, feel hate for Alec D'Urberville right from the beginning. Flemyng played that role very convincingly. [b]SYNOPSIS:[/b] Made for the Arts & Entertainment network; based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel of the same name. Tess, an ambitious, well-spoken girl who dreams of becoming a teacher someday, have her plans derailed when an accident caused by her carelessness kills the family horse. Her parents, desperate for transportation, seize upon the one thing that sets them apart from their fellow peasants: their family name. Although it's been countrified into Durbeyfield, the name is based on an ancient lineage of the French D'urbervilles. Tess' mother, Joan (Lesley Dunlop), has located some distant relatives of the same name, and sends Tess over to seek help from them. things don't work out for Tess.
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