Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1924)
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Critic Reviews for Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Tess now rides in motor-cars, rings up on the telephone, and wears expensive gowns at night club... as a result, the story is ruined.
[The novel is] a sombre and rather powerful piece of writing. But having been stripped of its literary trappings and made Into a moving picture scenario for the multitude, it glares forth now as, old-fashioned and highly overwrought melodrama.
It should have made an excellent movie. The story is there, the atmosphere is ideal for settings, and the role for a dramatic actress has never been surpassed. But here it is only fair.
The superlatively fine acting of Blanche Sweet, the polished direction of Neilan and exquisite photography displaying English landscape at its loveliest save the production from entering the lists of sordid melodramas.
Marshall Neilan is at his best in his direction of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. It is a remarkably fine piece of work on his part, and if the results are not all so good as they should be, the blame is not attributable to him.
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