The Scarlet Letter


Time Out says

Hawthorne's novel offers, however improbable a project, themes that connect with the main lines of Wenders' work: the central figure of the adulteress is an outsider in her own society, and the community of European immigrants are strangers in a strange land. But the movie is as uncharacteristic as you'd expect. Wenders made it (just after The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty) as a kind of exercise in fiction, and it definitely lacks the emotional conviction that usually distinguishes his work. But Wenders' admirers will find a lot to interest them. The only major weakness is Jürgen Knieper's excessive score.


Release details

89 mins

Cast and crew

Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders, Bernardo Fernandez
Senta Berger
Hans Christian Blech
Lou Castel
Yelena Samarina
Yella Rottländer
William Layton