Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 05, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

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

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