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Directed by Victor Seastrom
Produced by Victor Seastrom
Screenplay by Frances Marion
Based on The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Starring Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Henry B. Walthall, Karl Dane, Marcelle Corday
Cinematography Hendrik Sartov
Editing by Hugh Wynn
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date 8 January 1927
Running time 98 mins
Country United States
Language Silent, English intertitles
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"The Scarlet Letter" (1926) is a powerful drama starring Lillian Gish. This film illustrates the work of our star director Victor Seastrom.
In 17th century Boston a woman is ostracized for having a child out of wedlock, which also brings the downfall of the child's father, a minister.
The review posted below contains spoilers, so you may want to skip it if you intend to watch the whole film.
Hester, played by Lillian Gish, is a young woman who is subjected to a public punishment: her legs and arms are locked in a wooden artifact, one of many inquisition devices made by creative and imaginative minds to torture fellow human beings for religious reasons. Her horrible crime is that she went outside of her home trying to catch her canary that flew out of the cage during a religious holiday when she was supposed to stay at home. Those were the Puritan times in colonial Boston.
The priest, who delivered the verdict, but not the actual sentence, is moved by the view of the suffering girl. He gives her water and ends her torture. Later they meet again and fall in love. Then the priest has to leave for England and he asks Hester to marry him. He is shocked to learn that she is the legal wife of another man, who has been absent for years and whom she does not love.
Upon his return the priest finds out that Hester will be publicly punished yet again, this time for having a baby out of wedlock. The priest, who is the baby's father, is ordered to extract from Hester a public confession about who is her fellow sinner. She refuses to name the father of the child, and in private dissuades him from admitting adultery himself. Hester is taken to the scaffold for public punishment and humiliation: she is ordered to wear for life on her chest the letter "A" for adulteress.
Then one day Hester's daughter becomes very sick. The child is only saved by Hester's lost husband, a former doctor, who shows up during that time. The man then forcefully inquires who is the child's father. Hester doesn't intend to tell him, but the priest rushes in to see the child's condition and the secret is revealed. Hester's husband says that he will not reveal to the world their secret, but that his punishment will be lifelong.
Although the priest is in poor health, Hester talks him into leaving Boston on a ship for another place to start a new life. Hester's husband overhears this conversation and later tells the priest that he will follow them everywhere to prevent their happiness.
Then the priest has to deliver a speech and he shocks the entire congregation with the admission that he is the father of Hester's child. He also shows the letter "A" for adulterer that he burned on his chest. The priest then suffers a fatal heart attack and dies in Hester's arms.
The film enjoys a strong rating in IMDB.
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The Scarlet Letter
Lars Hanson is the priest loved by everybody in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is subjected to inquisition in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is tortured in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish gets some water from Lars Hanson as she is being tortured in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish goes home after Lars Hanson ends her torture in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish shows Lars Hanson her little bird, the reason for her punishment in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish hides from Lars Hanson her washed underwear, as the law says it is indecent and must be hidden from sight in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish stops Lars Hanson to talk to him in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson really like each other in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish asks Lars Hanson "Why are we taught to be ashamed of love?" in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is told by Lars Hanson that he is sent to England in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is told by Lars Hanson that he wants her to be his wife in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is not excited to hear Lars Hanson's marriage proposal in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish tells Lars Hanson that she can't marry him in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish tells Lars Hanson that she couldn't tell him earlier that she is legally married in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish pleads Lars Hanson for forgiveness in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish meets Lars Hanson as he returns from England and finds her and the baby in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish tells Lars Hanson that she will bear the punishment alone in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish stands on the scaffold for public punishment in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish looks at Lars Hanson during her public punishment in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish's public punishment is to wear for life the letter "A" for adulteress in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish endures a public punishment in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish fiercely protects her baby in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lars Hanson baptizes his daughter in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish looks at Lars Hanson through the window in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lars Hanson puts his hand on his heart as he looks at Lillian Gish through her window in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Henry Walthall, Lillian Gish's legal husband, shows up in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Henry Walthall saves Lillian Gish's sick daughter in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Henry Walthall forcefully confronts Lillian Gish about the father of her daughter in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish tells Lars Hanson they can start a new life in another place in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson discuss how they will leave for a new life in another place in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish shows Lars Hanson how a new life will look like without her letter "A" in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish implores Lars Hanson to start a new life in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish ignites in Lars Hanson a desire for a new life in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Henry Walthall tells Lars Hanson he will follow him everywhere to prevent his happiness in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lars Hanson walks out to deliver his speech shadowed by Henry Walthall in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is worried seeing Lars Hanson shadowed by Henry Walthall in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lars Hanson delivers his speech admitting he is the father of Lillian Gish's daughter in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lars Hanson shows the "A" letter for adulterer he burned on his chest in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is horrified as Lars Hanson admits that he is the father of her daughter in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish is heartbroken as Lars Hanson collapses and dies in "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), directed by Victor Seastrom.
Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson
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