TESS
1979, Janus Films, 186 min, France, UK, Dir: Roman Polanski

Dedicated to his late wife, director Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles is both luminous and tinted with sorrow. Nastassja Kinski stars in the title role as a Victorian-era farm girl, tragically caught between a lustful aristocrat (Leigh Lawson) and the man who really loves her (Peter Firth). Nominated for six Academy Awards, the film won Oscars for Best Art Direction, Costume Design and Cinematography.


LIFEFORCE
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, UK, Dir: Tobe Hooper

Sex-starved space vampire Mathilda May terrorizes the world while looking for something to wear, in director Tobe Hooper’s gleeful, over-the-top sci-fi flick - one of the great pulp movies of the 1980s. Steve Railsback co-stars as the love-struck astronaut dazzled by May’s charms, with help from Peter Firth as a government agent and “Star Trek's" Patrick Stewart as the head of an asylum. Co-starring Frank Finlay, Michael Gothard (THE DEVILS).


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