The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1972

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From iconic director Wim Wenders, adapted from the best-selling novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The puritanical village of Salem, Massachusetts is shaken to its very core when a young woman by the name of Hester Prynne gives birth to a fatherless child. Chastised by the community, Hester is branded an Adulteress and forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” as an eternal reminder of her infidelity.

Enduring intense pressure, Hester refuses to reveal the identity of her secret lover. But when Hester’s estranged husband mysteriously returns, he begins to suspect that Hester has had relations with a young pastor named Dimmesdale. Struggling to restore happiness to her tainted existence, Hester soon hatches a plan to flee Salem and find sanctuary for her young daughter. But will Dimmesdale accompany her, or will Hester be forced into a lonely life of solitude?

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Starring:  Senta Berger, Hans-Christian Blech, Lou Castel, Rüdiger Vogler, Yella Rottländer.


Director: Wim Wenders


Wim Wenders, Bernardo Fernandez, Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel).

Producers:  Thomas Schamoni, Wim Wenders

Editor:  Peter Przygodda

Cinematographer:  Robby Müller

Music:  Jürgen Knieper

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  1972

Language:  German


  • English

Duration:  90 minutes

Original aspect ratio:  1.66:1



  • Drama

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