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The House of Mirth (2000)

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

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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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, Lilly 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. Written by Anonymous

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

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Rated PG for thematic material | See all certifications »
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15 November 2000 (Belgium)  »

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Glädjens hus  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£88,920 (UK) (13 October 2000)

Gross:

$3,041,803 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Due to the bankruptcy of German distributor Kinowelt in 2001, the movie never had an official release in Germany (theatrically or on DVD), although there was already a German dub version created. 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

Lawrence Selden: Isn't marriage your vocation? Isn't it what you're all brought up for?
Lily Bart: You speak as if I should marry the first man who came along.
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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 »

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Version of The House of Mirth (1918) See more »

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String Quartet in D Major, op. 64, no.5: 3rd Movement (The Lark)
Composed by Joseph Haydn
Performed by The Hagen Quartett
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
Licensed by kind permission from The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of The Universal Music Group
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Merchant-Ivory in darker, deeper hues
27 February 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

From the moment she steps out of the smoke at a train station, Gillian Anderson is amazing as Lily Bart, a woman torn between being true to herself and securing a place in her world. Althought the movie is set in the early 1900's, her struggle with making a life for herself while surrounded by treacherous friends with their own agendas feels completely relevant. Working from a terrific script, Anderson draws nuance, meaning and emotion from her lines and the circumstances in which she finds herself, as she puts it, "doing the wrong thing at the right time". The journey she took me through in this movie was invigorating, thought provoking, engrossing and ultimately heartbreaking. The supporting cast, including Day Akroyd, Anthony LaPaglia and Terry Kinney, hold their own and fill out the movie beautifully. But Laura Linney deserves special mention as Lily's cunning, manipulative rival posing as a friend. Although very much a period piece, the film goes beyond some of the best pictures of Merchant-Ivory in bringing to life Wharton's novel, presenting a darker movie about the consequences of choices and the cost of guilelessness in a ruthless world. It also pulls Scully out of her basement and into the spotlight where her talents deserve to have her.


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