Cinema: Atonement

TESS

Directed by Roman Polanski Screenplay by Gérard Brack, Roman Polanski and John Brownjohn

Tess seems to be more an act of atonement than of creation, Roman Polanski's way of saying he's sorry for his scandalous reputation and his status as a fugitive from American—or at least Cal-ifornian—justice. He is telling the world that underneath it all, he is really a very serious fellow, if by serious one means that he is as capable as Irving Thalberg or David O. Selznick or any other old time mogul of making a handsomely illustrated version of...

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