(Victor Sjöström, US 1926, 98 min., 35mm)
Silent Tuesdays. Radiant Lillian Gish and soulful Lars Hanson appear as seamstress Hester Prynne and the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale in this lavish and astonishingly un-Hollywood (despite being made by MGM) version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, still considered the best screen version of the story and one of the greatest of all silent films. Swedish director Victor Sjöström powerfully evokes both the moral and emotional turmoil experienced by the lovers in seventeenth-century New England, and this recent collaborative restoration between the George Eastman House and the UCLA Film & Television Archive has brought back the visual richness that impressed the film’s original audiences. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.