The Scarlet Letter

Der scharlachrote Buchstabe, feature film, 1973

DIRECTED BY: Wim Wenders

The Scarlet Letter

Senta Berger (Hester Prynne),
Hans Christian Blech (Roger Chillingworth),
Lou Castel (Dimmesdale),
Yella Rottländer (Pearl),
Yelena Samarina

Bernardo Fernández,
Wim Wenders (based on script Der Herr klagt über sein Volk in der Wildnis Amerika by Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler,
written based on novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Robby Müller

In the 17th century in Salem, Hester Prynne is forced by her fellow-townsmen to wear a scarlet letter that denotes her as an adulteress. Seven years ago she gave birth to a child out of wedlock and in all those years she has not revealed her lover’s identity. Thus she is banned from society. Soon an older stranger arrives to the village and Hester recognizes him as her long ago vanished husband. Pretending to be a doctor, he tries to discover her lover’s identity.

color, 90 min