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A Film and Its Era: Tess, by Roman Polanski (Il était une fois… Tess, 2006)

Director: Serge July and Daniel Ablin​
Cast: Roman Polanski, Nastassia Kinski, Claude Berri, Philippe Sarde


What happens behind the scenes of a film? How does the director deal with the stars and his crew? What is the social and political context in which a film is made? Does it affect the film? The ultimate documentary series that sets out to resolve these and more questions is finally on Eurochannel: A Film and Its Era.

This 30-episode documentary series aims to reveal all the secrets and historical contexts of a particular cult film, its groundbreaking director, and the epoch it represents. Made by a different director, each episode of this series offers extracts of the film, as well as exclusive interviews with its director, protagonists, and cinema historians, to offer a holistic view of the production.

With a great sense of aesthetics and a comprehensive account of each movie, A Film and Its Era includes directors and classics such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, Roberto Rossellini's Rome Open City, Roman Polanski's Tess, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and many more.

Accompany us on a cinematic journey and discover the secrets behind some of your favorite movies in this celebratory documentary.


Roman Polanski would wait to meet Nastassia Kinski and, most importantly, his exile in France after a rapid exit from the United States, to begin work on Tess in 1978. Claude Berri orchestrates the production, at the time the most costly film made in the history of French cinema, at the service of a star: Roman Polanski. The portrait of this film, one of Polanski’s rare love stories, and one of his most highly-acclaimed works, is a group portrait as well: cathartic for Roman Polanski and Nastassia Kinski, and a double-or-nothing gamble for Claude Berri. It is also the portrait of an era, following the rape of a young country girl through the hollow pathways of a landscape and a society heading for extinction at the end of nineteenth-century England: agrarian civilization.

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