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THE HOUSE OF MIRTH

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The House of Mirth

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
140 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/22/00
performer:
Gillian Anderson, Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Stoltz, Dan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Laura Linney
director:
Terence Davies
Producers:
The Glasgow Film Fund, The Scottish Arts Council, Showtime Networks Inc., Three Rivers Productions
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Terence Davies, Edith Wharton
genre:
Romance, Historical, Drama

We gave it an A

Terence Davies’ magnificent adaptation of Edith Wharton’s masterpiece about the folly of one marriageable young woman who pays tragically for her restlessness burns through all the worn-out poses of period costume dramas. This stunning movie, starring Gillian Anderson in a career-igniting performance as proud, kind, foolish Lily Bart, makes a much-read American classic feel freshly devastating. Watch, too, for another piercing performance by Laura Linney as Lily’s treacherous ”friend.” And listen for Davies’ astute use of music — and silence. A