Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Odds and Ends #6 (Tess)
"He had wanted to do it with his wife…Sharon was Tess, she was always there, anyway, with him, although I would be the one to make it visual for people."
-Nastassja speaking on Sharon Tate-
It seemed fitting for me to end my look at TESS with a few words for, and images of, Sharon Tate. TESS is the most important film Nastassja Kinski ever got to make and it isn't a stretch to say that it would never had happened had Sharon not given Roman the book in that fateful year of 1969.
Sharon Tate was a talented actress, comedian and probably the most beautiful woman God ever gave America. She was loved by her family and friends and her spirit continues to haunt people to this day. It is her sweet and generous spirit that runs through Polanski's TESS, like some enduring and indestructible wish. There has never been a more moving and fitting dedication in film history than Roman's simple, 'To Sharon."
TESS would make Nastassja an international star and would send her on a five year journey that would find her working on some of the most controversial and misunderstood films of the 1980s. Her next role would allow her the opportunity to work with one of the most famous and honored directors in film history and much like the title of that film, everything that Nastassja offered from TESS on was very much from the heart.