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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
"Der scharlachrote Buchstabe" (original title)

 -  Drama | History  -  January 1977 (USA)
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In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older ... See full summary »

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Mistress Hibbins, the daughter of Gov. Bellingham
Yella Rottländer ...
Pearl
William Layton ...
Alfredo Mayo ...
Gov. Fuller
Ángel Álvarez ...
Rev. Wilson
Laura Currie ...
Sarah
Tito García ...
Church Attendant
Lorenzo Robledo ...
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Rafael Albaicín ...
Indian
José Villasante ...
Shop Owner
Rüdiger Vogler ...
The Sailor
José Vivó
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In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others as her missing husband. He poses as Chillingworth, a doctor, watching Hester and searching out the identity of her lover. His eye soon rests on Dimmesdale, a young overwrought pastor. Enmity grows between the two men; Chillingworth applies psychological pressure, and the pastor begins to crack. A ship stops in Salem, and Hester sees it as a providential refuge for her daughter, herself, and her lover. But will Dimmesdale flee with her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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DEM 850,000 (estimated)

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ESP 3,258,945 (Spain)
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Disappointing meeting of two great artists
21 January 2000 | by (Durham, USA) – See all my reviews

Wenders has made some extraordinary films, but this is not one of them. Low budget, poor acting, and a terrible score render this film a total failure; the subtle intermixture of fantasy and reality that is so characteristic a trait of Hawthorne's novel is wholly lacking in Wenders' adaptation which comes dangerously close to unintended parody at times.


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