The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Streaming Video - 2003
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel brings to life the attitudes and passions of 17th century New England. Condemned by her Puritan fellows for having a child out of wedlock, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet letter.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2003
Characteristics: 1 online resource (2 video files (ca. 120 min.)) : sd., col


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Aug 16, 2011

This is a fine Scarlet Letter; it tries to get into the heads of those long-ago people, who might be a little bit like us. Four hours give the story room to breathe, and include extras like Transcendendalism and a cool witch. John Heard is perfectly cast as tortured yet basically weaselly Dimmesdale. His pinched features and dark, narrow eyes say "Hester, enough about you! What about me?"

Jun 20, 2011

A wonderful story, yet the film actually adheres too closely to the novel that a viewer will swear never to read it. A modernized version would be more tolerable and appealing. I recall reading the book word by word. This, however, is a disappointment in that it does not do the audience justice.


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