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The House of Mirth (2000)

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A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.

Director:

Terence Davies

Writers:

Edith Wharton (novel), Terence Davies
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Lily Bart
Dan Aykroyd ... Augustus 'Gus' Trenor
Eleanor Bron ... Mrs. Julia Peniston, Lily's Aunt
Terry Kinney ... George Dorset
Anthony LaPaglia ... Sim Rosedale (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Laura Linney ... Bertha Dorset
Jodhi May ... Grace Julia Stepney
Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs. Carry Fisher
Eric Stoltz ... Lawrence Selden
Penny Downie ... Judy Trenor
Pearce Quigley ... Percy Gryce
Helen Coker ... Evie Van Osburgh
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Mrs. Haffen (as Mary Macleod)
Paul Venables Paul Venables ... Jack Stepney
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ... Gwen Stepney
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Storyline

Terence Davies' The House of Mirth is a tragic love story set against a background of wealth and social hypocrisy in turn of the century New York. Lily Bart is a ravishing socialite at the height of her success who quickly discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting unwelcome interest and jealousy. Torn between her heart and her head, Lily always seems to do the right thing at the wrong time. She seeks a wealthy husband and in trying to conform to social expectations, she misses her chance for real love with Lawrence Selden.

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When a woman has the beauty men admire and women envy...it is wise to tread carefully.

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | France | Germany

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

7 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Glädjens hus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,770, 25 December 2000

Gross USA:

$3,043,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,164,404
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie never had an official release in Germany, theatrically or on DVD, because German distributor Kinowelt went bankrupt in 2001. A German dubbed version exists. See more »

Goofs

The film, which takes place during 1905-07, depicts several characters attending a performance of the opera "Cosi fan tutte" - but that opera was first performed in New York in 1922. See more »

Quotes

[to Lawrence]
Lily Bart: Love me. But don't tell me so.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the staff of Kelvingrove Museum, the Lord Provost and staff at Glasgow City Chambers, residents of Kersland Street, all the staff at the Arthouse Hotel, Glasgow, and the Earls of Wemyss and March and Lady Wemyss. See more »

Connections

References Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) See more »

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Rondo
From "String Quartet no.3"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Stunning in every way
2 July 2004 | by The_Rebel_PrinceSee all my reviews

Wow. Terence Davies' "House of Mirth" is a film that is just brilliant.

Essentially, the plot focuses on Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson) a socialite in the early 1900s in New York who, through a series of tragic circumstances, goes from being popular and admired to being a social outcast. Anderson is perfect in the role, and we feel all of her emotions. The superb cast includes Dan Aykroyd and Eric Stolz as two of her suitors, and Anthony LaPaglia, great as always, as a man who tries to help Lily out despite her pride winning over.

Davies' direction is incredible, one scene is simply of an empty house as it rains and it is just mind-blowing. The script, also, feels real all of the time which is a credit to the actors also.

I definitely recommend this movie, but don't expect it to zoom straight by and then be forgotten!


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