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House of Mirth DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40152749
UPC: 043396064553
UPC 14: 00043396064553
Category Keywords: Love  New York City  Theatrical Release  Tragedy
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When a woman has the beauty men admire and women is wise to tread carefully.
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.

"Astonishing!  Newsday
"One of the best films of the year! A crowning achievement!  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/29/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 140 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 06455
Video UPC UPC: 00043396064553
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anthony LaPaglia
Video Cast Info Eric Stoltz
Video Cast Info Gillian Anderson
Video Cast Info Laura Linney
Video Cast Info Edith Wharton - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Terrence Davies - Director
Video Cast Info Remi Adefarasin - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Adrian Johnston - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Pippa Cross, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Terence Davies - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

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 9 of 10
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... - Stephanie Zacherek

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
...[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... - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Anderson,Gillian
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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