The Scarlet Letter | Chicago Reader

The Scarlet Letter

“Freely adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne,” the credits say cautiously. I'll say. Demi Moore, clothed and occasionally nude, lends her body to Hester Prynne (her mind seems elsewhere), Robert Duvall plays Uncle Tom's Cabin's Simon Legree, and Gary Oldman plays Brad Pitt. Though the setting is Puritan New England, director Roland Joffe makes the New World landscapes and period details (both often handsome in their 'Scope framings) resemble those in The Killing Fields and The Mission, as if to prove that an auteur, not an author, is in charge.

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