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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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(as Victor Seastrom)

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(novel), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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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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(2000 restored)

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Lillian Gish played her scenes in English, while Lars Hanson played his in Swedish. See more »

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Townswoman: Adulteress!
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Version of The Scarlet Letter (1934) See more »

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A beautiful film no longer available
3 November 2000 | by (Topeka, Kansas) – See all my reviews

Victor Seastrom's magnificent retelling of Hawthorne's important novel is beautifully directed with an incredible performance by Lillian Gish. It is a disgrace that this film is not available in either VHS or DVD format (and especially so since the ludicrous version with Demi Moore is).


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