Tess of the D'Ubervilles

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  1. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

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    Yet another great BBC adaptation. Be warned, though, it's a harsh, very sad story. Poor Tess has a tough life. The cinematography is gorgeous and Gemma Arterton, besides being incredibly beautiful, gives a very moving performance as Tess.
     
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    What channel is it on? Seems to be a random comment.
     
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    I count five television productions of Hardy's story on IMDB. The most recent is 2008, with Gemma Arterton. I'm pretty sure I've seen that one, but I cannot remember where. It may have been a Netflix rental.
     
  4. Church AV Guy

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    My wife really, REALLY hated that adaptation.
     
  5. Hcour

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    Ha. Oh, well, she also hated the Little Dorrit adaptation. Tell your wife for me that she has very poor taste.

    I'm KIDDING! It's a JOKE! Different strokes and all that. I thought they were both superb and I'm certainly not alone in that opinion.

    Maybe it also helps if you're a guy. I'd watch a series about Gemma Arterton taking out her trash. Crimeny, but what a beauty.
     
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    Great book, btw, and it's free electronically because it's in public domain.
     
  7. wprager

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    Is anyone here old enough to remember the Polanski version with Nastassja Kinski playing Tess? I remember watching it in University and having to leave early because I had an exam. Never occurred to me that a movie could go on for over three hours.
     
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    I do not remember it, but I found it on IMDB. It is a movie called "Tess" from 1979.
     
  9. sieglinde

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    Oh well, if I care I can get it from Netflix, not my Tivo which this discussion is supposed to be about.
     
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    The Gemma Arterton adaptation aired as part of Masterpiece Classic in 2009 I think. I watched it then - well done, but yes, very difficult to watch in parts.

    Keith
     
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    Probably the worst adaptation I've seen. Very boring.
     
  12. john4200

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    Are you a bot?
     
  13. wprager

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    I was just a 19 year old Computer Science student and, while it certainly wasn't my first choice type of movie, I stayed in that theater until I had to go for my exam. I didn't sneak out early even though I had a great excuse -- studying for the exam. I recall the movie also winning a few Oscars.

    Are you sure you saw it? Are you sure you want to just dismiss it as "boring"?
     
  14. Hcour

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    I've never seen the Polanski version but I would certainly have no problem with the length. In fact I prefer these mini-series adaptations just for that reason. Certainly great films have been made of classic novels, but you really can't do justice to a novel in a two-hour movie. My favorite Dickens novel is David Copperfield, I'd kill to see a good BBC 8 hour adaptation of it. I thought the recent Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice was excellent, but I'm really looking forward to watching the mini-series.
     
  15. Church AV Guy

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    But she absolutely LOVED Cranford, and Return to Cranford. She watches those about once per month. She also loves her Rosmary & Thyme DVDs.
     
  16. Hcour

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    Your wife has inspired moi. Read many good things about Cranford and will be watching it in the next couple of weeks.
     
  17. Church AV Guy

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    If you like her selections, then you will also not want to miss Downton Abbey.
     
  18. Hcour

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    Watched the first ep. Your wife and I finally agree on something. I loved it. Very, very funny and quite touching, too. The acting, as usual in these BBC productions, is superb. Looking forward to the rest and then part 2.
     

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