House of Mirth

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Lily bart is a socialite who discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting uninvited attention. Her search for a husband comes to a scandalous end when she is falsely accused of having an affair with a married man.


Studio Sony
SKU 40152749
UPC 043396064553
UPC 14 00043396064553
Format DVD
Release Date 5/29/2001
Rating Rating
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Terence Davies (DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES) triumphs with his sumptuous, painterly adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel, which is set amid the vicious moneyed classes of 1905 New York and features a heartrending, perfectly nuanced performance by Gillian Anderson as doomed heroine Lily Bart. Lily, though strikingly beautiful and socially prominent, remains unmarried at the late age of 29. She jokes that marriage is a woman's vocation, but she is conflicted between her desire to marry a wealthy man and her love for handsome, elegant Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz), who, unforgivably, must work for a living. Lily's options begin to narrow, however, when her backstabbing friend, Bertha Dorset (Laura Linney), informs potential suitors of her gambling debts. In a world where the slightest hint of impropriety equals social death, Lily's self-professed genius in doing the wrong thing at the right time leads to trouble. A potential solution to Lily's downward social spiral arrives when a useful secret falls into her lap. In order to save herself, Lily must struggle with her naïveté, pride, and ineptitude at playing the elite's deadly, coded game. Davies's beautifully composed, richly textured images and Anderson's skillful evocation of quiet desperation make for a visually stunning, emotionally resonant tale.
USA Today "...[Anderson handles] the role [of Lily Bart] skillfully..." -- 3.5 out of 4 stars 12/21/2000 p.4D
Entertainment Weekly Ranked #2 in Entertainment Weekly's "Lisa Schwarzbaum's BEST MOVIES OF 2000" -- "Gorgeous, bracing....[Anderson is] magnificent..." 12/22/2000 pp.106-17
Box Office "...Gillian Anderson is a revelation....The scenes between Anderson and Stoltz are impressively charged..." 11/01/2000 p.153
Los Angeles Times "...Davies does a splendid job as a writer and director..." 12/22/2000 p.C18
Total Film "...Gillian Anderson turns in a compelling performance for this excellent Edith Wharton adaptation..." 03/01/2001 p.110
Terence Davies
Gillian Anderson
Eric Stoltz
Dan Aykroyd
Cast & Crew
Anthony LaPaglia - Actor
Eric Stoltz - Actor
Gillian Anderson - Actor
Laura Linney - Actor
Edith Wharton - Based On Novel By
Terrence Davies - Director
Remi Adefarasin - Director of Photography
Adrian Johnston - Musical Score
Pippa Cross, et al. - Producer
Terence Davies - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 06455
UPC 00043396064553
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 140 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Review Davies (with the help of cinematographer Remi Adefarasin) does an impeccable job of showing us, in the movies first half, both the hypnotic comforts and the deadliness of the life Lily aspires to... The second half is darker and more visually somber, as Lily struggles to keep her life together... Anderson's Lily is the kind of heroine who earns our protectiveness by never begging for it; it's an astonishing performance...
Reviewer Stephanie Zacherek
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...[the move] conceals rage beneath measured surface appearances. This is one of the saddest stories ever told about the traps that society sets for women... Anderson's talent has many notes, and I liked the presence she brought to Lily Bart...
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Anderson,Gillian
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Newsday Astonishing!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone One of the best films of the year! A crowning achievement!

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