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“‘I wanted to make a film of The Scarlet Letter…I was asked which director I would like, and I chose Victor Sjöström, who had arrived at MGM some years earlier from Sweden. I felt that the Swedes were closer to the feelings of the New England Puritans than modern Americans.’ 
With historic simplicity, Lillian Gish described the background to this 1926 film. She leaves it to us to explain her legendary taste and judgement - and her acting genius. Her Hester Prynne is one of the most beautifully sustained performances in screen history - mercurial, delicate, passionate. There isn’t an actress today, and perhaps there never was another, who can move like Lillian Gish; it’s as if no bones, no physical barriers, stood between her intuitive understanding of the role and her expression of it.”
~Film critic Pauline Kael
  • 14 October 2011
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