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The Scarlet Letter (1926)

Passed  -  Drama  -  8 January 1927 (USA)
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After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.

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Giles
William H. Tooker ...
The Governor
Marcelle Corday ...
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The Beadle
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Joyce Coad ...
Pearl
James A. Marcus ...
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In Puritan Boston, seamstress Hester Prynne is punished for playing on the Sabbath day; but kindly minister Arthur Dimmesdale takes pity on her. The two fall in love, but their relationship cannot be: Hester is already married to Roger Prynne, a physician who has been missing seven years. Dimmesdale has to go away to England; when he returns, he finds Hester pregnant with their child, and the focus of the town's censure. In a humiliating public ceremony, she is forced to don the scarlet letter A - for adultery - and wear it the rest of her life. Dimmesdale is encouraged by the church fathers to demand of Hester the person with whom she sinned. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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8 January 1927 (USA)  »

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A Letra Escarlate  »

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$430,290 (estimated)
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Lillian Gish's puritan costume from this film was at one point housed in The Crocker Museum in Hollywood, the first museum dedicated to props and other artifacts from American films. The museum was started by actor Harry Crocker, circa 1928, and was located on Sunset Blvd. See more »

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Lilian Gish,the first thespian of the silent era...
9 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is the definitive version of the classic:do yourself a favor and forget the Demi Moore one which was released a few years back.

Any actress who takes on the part will be fatally compared with Mrs Gish and the favorite thespian of MM Griffith and Sjostrom is so powerful that she would outshine anyone.At a time when an actor had to manage without words,every performance of Lilian Gish ("the wind" "orphans in the storm" ) is a tour de force in itself.Running the whole gamut of human feelings,her portrayal displays every nuance of her fragility,her desperation and her hope against hope .But I will not try to describe it:just watch yourself.

Sjostrom's directing stood the test of time hands down and the story is absorbing until the very end.

Never forget that Mrs Gish made a great come back in the talkies which culminated in her sensational old lady in "the night of the hunter" (1955)


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