Emma Stone in EASY A, costumed by Mynka Draper
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great, wronged heroine of THE SCARLET LETTER has provided dramatic inspiration for literal decades. Her latest, snarkiest incarnation is in the film EASY A, which now ranks as America’s #1 BOXOFFICE COMEDY, if you believe the ads.
Here’s my review of it in FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL:
and here are some other actresses who’ve played Hester in the past, starting with the best of all, Lillian Gish, who brought her usual, uncanny mix of the fierce and heartbreaking to the role in Victor Seastrom’s wonderful 1925 MGM silent version.
Colleen Moore, the fabulous flapper comedic enchantress of the Roaring ’20s, made this last talkie attempt in 1934 (a DVD of which is brandished by Emma Stone in EASY A) before retiring from the screen forever on her tax-free millions, to tend to one of the most lavish dollhouses of all time
In the greatest miscasting since Gregory Peck played Captain Ahab, Demi Moore, costumed by Gabriella Pescucci, in the 1995 version, one of the decade’s lowpoints, a Hester Prynne as envisioned by Bob Guccione.