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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Janice21383
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?"

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mahayassine
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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