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Thursday, 21 August 2008

Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Wessex appeal

A lavish BBC film of Tess of the D'Urbervilles heralds a new generation of Thomas Hardy adaptations. Sally Williams reports from the location in Dorset on a sexually charged thriller disguised as a costume drama

One of the surprises of the new £4 million BBC film of Tess of the D'Urbervilles is that there are no fake beards. This is un­usual because Victorian England, when Thomas Hardy wrote his tragic tale of 'a pure woman', was a very whiskery period, and you would have thought that in any adaptation fake beards would have been in abundance. We are on the Dorset coast to shoot the opening scene: the spring parade, when Angel Clare (played by Eddie Redmayne), the son of a parson, meets Tess Durbeyfield (Gemma Arterton), a local girl with peony lips.

READ MORE - Source: Telegraph - Thursday 21st August 2008

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