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As if it's a truth-in-advertising disclaimer, the opening credits declare that the script has "freely adapted" Hawthorne's novel. Instead of a morality tale about a conflicted woman undergoing a spritual crisis, however, screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart "An Officer and a Gentleman," "The Blue Lagoon" has fashioned a sappy love story, retaining only the most basic elements of the book and adding a series of thin subplots. And director Roland Joffe "The Killing Fields," "The Mission" gives the material such somber treatment that unintentional laughs are inevitable.
In brief -- since star Demi Moore's petulant claim that no one has read the book may have some substance -- it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who sleeps with her minister, has his child and bears her shame alone, refusing to name In brief -- since star Demi Moore's petulant claim that no one has read the book may have some. Shunned by Puritan society and tormented by her husband -- who's presumed dead, but returns and assumes a false name so he can ferret out. It all ends sadly.
The Scarlet Letter is a film based on the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story is about the adulterous love between two early Puritans, Hester Prynne, a beautiful free-spirited woman, and her lover, Reverend Dimmsdale, the charismatic religious leader. When she refuses to name the father of her child, she is shunned by the community and forced to wear a red letter "A" on her bodice as a symbol of her sinful act.
A scarlet bird. You heard me. Her husband Robert Duvallan older man she has never loved, is set to arrive later.
Normally that is the route I go because when you read the book first, like it, and expect the same great feeling to emerge from watching the film, you are usually let down. Thus, I see the film first, then read the book — so I can be delighted and surprised by differences in character or plot. The Scarlet Letter is a classic though.
This will not do. It is like taking up the story of Salome after she has put the veils back on. Another problem is that there is not much action in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, except inside the minds and souls of the characters.
All blame would be shifted to the guilty man if she would only reveal his identity, but their secret is well kept. Who should turn up but her long-lost husband, Roger Robert Duvallwho all this time has been dancing with wolves after having been captured by the local tribe. And neither would Hollywood.