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The Scarlet Letter (1926)

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

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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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$430,290 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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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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Title Card: On the morrow - Election Day - the one day in the Puritans' year when gaiety was not an offense.
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One Of The Best Versions Ever
27 February 2003 | by (Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

I love this film for everything that it is. The story, the acting, the direction, everything about it is great.

The story revolves around Hester Prynne(Lillian Gish) and her love for the Reverrend Arthur Dimmesdale(Lars Hanson). Poor Hester is marked with the 'scarlet letter' when she gives birth to her lovechild with the bishop, and the bishop suffers on his own as his heart begins to fail on account of the guilt he feels.

The orchestration of this film helps a lot because the wonderful music helps you follow the story more and bring intensity. I love Lars Hanson's performance, he has the perfect profile for love scenes.


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