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Lilith (1964) Poster

(1964)

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Jean Seberg regarded "Lilith" as her favorite film.
The film received such a hostile reaction from US critics that an aggrieved Robert Rossen pulled it out of contention at the Venice Film Festival and delayed its release in the UK by two years.
Jessica Walter's movie debut.
According to Kim Hunter: "The tensions on the set contributed to his (Rossen's) death. I don't think I want to talk about it. Since then, Warren has grown so; at that time, he wasn't ready to be a star. He knew it and was scared! In rehearsal, he'd be great. The closer he got to the camera, the more he'd retreat. He'd cut half his lines, which made Warren interesting and the rest of us talky as hell! He gave Jean no help whatsoever. She was damn good in a demanding role. At the wrap party, a group of people threw Warren into a stream".
Robert Rossen was dying when he made this film and many regard it as an act of expiation for his behaviour during the McCarthy witch hunts in the 50s when he was a leading friendly witness.
Other actresses considered for the title character included Yvette Mimieux, Sarah Miles, and Diane Cilento (the first choice of J.R. Salamanca, whose novel was the basis for the movie). Natalie Wood was also approached for the role, but was not interested.
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According to a recent biography Beatty also pursued 'Romy Schneider' and Samantha Eggar for the title role.
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Chestnut Lodge, whose exterior was used in the film as the psychiatric hospital was destroyed by a fire in June 2009.
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Feature film debut of Rene Auberjonois.
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Diane Baker was briefly considered forerunner for title role.
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While filming, Robert Rossen took time out to present the award for annual creative cinema sponsored by the Society of Cinematologists. The three winners were George Houston, Robert Shaye, the future head of New Line Pictures and one Martin Scorsese.
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The first movie Warren Beatty's future wife Annette Bening saw him in.
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One of three films starring both Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman. They also starred in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Reds (1981).
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman and Olympia Dukakis; and two Oscar nominees: Peter Fonda and Kim Stanley.
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Final film written and directed by Robert Rossen.
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In Lilith's room there's the following words written on her wall: "hiara pirlu resh kavawn", which she says comes from a language she developed. Though the film never translates those words, in the book which the film was based, translates the words as "If you can read this, you will know I love you."
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Body count: 2.
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