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


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Edith Wharton (novel)
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27 October 2000 (Ireland) See more »
When a woman has the beauty men admire and women is wise to tread carefully.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Mrs. Haffen (as Mary Macleod)
Paul Venables ... Jack Stepney
Serena Gordon ... Gwen Stepney

Lorelei King ... Mrs. Hatch
Linda Marlowe ... Madame Regina
Anne Marie Timoney ... Miss Haines

Clare Higgins ... Mrs. Bry
Ralph Riach ... Lord Hubert Dacy
Brian Pettifer ... Mr. Bry
Philippe De Grossouvre ... Ned Silverton
Trevor Martin ... Jennings, the Butler
David Ashton ... Lawyer

Lesley Harcourt ... Mattie Gormer

Mark Dymond ... Paul Morpeth
Pamela Dwyer ... Edith Fisher
Kate Wooldridge ... Parlour Maid
Graham Crammond ... Clerk
Roy Sampson ... Dorset Butler
Alyxis Daly ... Landlady
Joanne Bett ... 1st Millinery Girl
Mary Goonan ... 2nd Millinery Girl
Gowan Calder ... 3rd Millinery Girl
Morag Siller ... 4th Millinery Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Smith ... Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Davies 
Writing credits
Edith Wharton (novel "The House of Mirth")

Terence Davies (written by)

Produced by
Pippa Cross .... executive producer
Bob Last .... executive producer
Olivia Stewart .... producer
Alan J. Wands .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Remi Adefarasin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Parker 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Don Taylor 
Art Direction by
Diane Dancklefsen 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Costume Design by
Monica Howe 
Makeup Department
Paul Huntley .... wig maker
Renate Leuschner .... wig maker (as Renata)
Eva Marieges Moore .... hair stylist: Gillian Anderson
Eva Marieges Moore .... makeup artist: Gillian Anderson
Dianne Millar .... hair stylist
Dianne Millar .... makeup artist
Christine Powers .... hair stylist (as Chrissie Powers)
Christine Powers .... makeup artist (as Chrissie Powers)
Jan Harrison Shell .... hair designer
Jan Harrison Shell .... makeup designer
Meg Speirs .... hair stylist (as Meg Spiers)
Meg Speirs .... makeup artist (as Meg Spiers)
Production Management
Wendy Broom .... production manager
Tony Hood .... unit manager
Sarah Lee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... second assistant director
Sarah Lee .... second unit director
Nanna Mailand-Hansen .... third assistant director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alan Bailey .... property master
Phil Bowen .... carpenter
Frank Cameron .... carpenter
Ursula Cleary .... assistant art director
Sam Curran Jr. .... painter
Paul Curren .... chargehand painter
Sam Curren .... painter (as Sam Curran Snr.)
John Donnelly .... carpenter
Billy Edwards .... stand-by props
Dave Fisher .... chargehand stand-by props
Bobby Gee .... stand-by painter
Alec Graham .... carpenter
Jo Graysmark .... location art director
Charles Green .... plasterer
Richard Hassall .... stand-by carpenter
Christopher Higson .... chargehand carpenter (as Chris Higson)
John Knight .... dressing props
Peter Knotts .... carpenter
William Maxwell .... stagehand
Nick Mollo .... storeman
Tim Monroe .... assistant art director
Barry Nelson .... construction stand-by
Alex Robertson .... carpenter
Paul Rogerson .... laborer
Danny Sumsion .... construction manager
Gregor Telfer .... dressing props
Joe Willmott .... carpenter: second unit (as Joseph Wilmott)
Billy Wilson .... stand-by rigger
Colin Woodbridge .... carpenter
Sound Department
Tony Cook .... boom operator
Paul Hamblin .... sound re-recording mixer
Stewart Henderson .... dialogue editor
Stuart Hilliker .... assistant dubbing mixer
Catherine Hodgson .... supervising sound editor
Louis Kramer .... sound recordist
Richard Lewis .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Sandy Miller .... cable person
Michael Redfern .... foley editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Paul Hamblin .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Steve Hancock .... studio sound technician (uncredited)
Stewart Henderson .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Perry Costello .... rigging supplier
Ricky Farns .... special effects: second unit
Stuart Murdoch .... special effects supervisor (as Stuart Murdock)
Daniel Wright .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Steve Cutmore .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
John Paul Docherty .... visual effects supervisor: Peerless Camera
Tim Ollive .... computer animator: Peerless Camera
Susi Roper .... visual effects producer: Peerless Camera
Mark Spevick .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera (as Mark Spevik)
John Swinnerton .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
Marc Twinam-Cauchi .... computer animator: Peerless Camera
Pat Wong .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Arnold .... key grip
Harry Bowers .... clapper loader
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Stuart Bunting .... additional grip
Ian Franklin .... best boy
Alex Howe .... focus puller: second unit
Joanne Lee .... assistant camera: second unit
Charlie Macher .... rigger: second unit
Steve Macher .... rigger: second unit
Gordon McMillan .... assistant camera
Gordon McMillan .... video assistant
Mark Milsome .... focus puller
Mark Milsome .... focus puller: second unit
Barrie More .... rigging gaffer
Peter Muncey .... grip: second unit
Paul Murphy .... generator operator
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician
Chris Plevin .... photographer: second unit
Freddie Polombo .... generator operator
Esther Sellem .... assistant camera: second unit
Robin Stone .... grip: second unit
Brian Sullivan .... electrician
Ian Townsend .... grip: second unit
William Tracey .... rigging electrician
Jimmy Wilson .... gaffer
Casting Department
Mark Bennett .... casting assistant (as Marc Bennett)
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting assistant
Julia Duff .... additional casting
Gemma Hancock .... casting assistant (as Jemma Hancock)
Jennifer McNamara .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Burnett .... wardrobe assistant
Ann Taylor Cowan .... wardrobe supervisor
Tom Hornsby .... wardrobe assistant
Anna Lau .... crowd wardrobe coordinator
Adrian Ratley .... wardrobe assistant
Guy Speranza .... wardrobe assistant
Jackie Thomas .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Martin Brinkler .... additional editor
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Celia Haining .... first assistant editor
Lara Masters .... Audio Description Script
Lea Morement .... second assistant editor
Anita M. Patel .... post-production coordinator
Dan Roberts .... lightworks assistant
Michael Solinger .... post-production consultant
William Parnell .... dailies editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Nigel Acott .... music recording engineer
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Heather Bownass .... music supervisor
Terry Davies .... conductor
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
Adrian Johnston .... musical director
Bruce White .... viola
Adrian Johnston .... music adaptor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Andy Bell .... unit driver
Jas Brown .... unit driver
Tommy Bryce .... unit driver
Jimmy Coutts .... facilities driver
Jeff Derby .... transportation captain
Robert Etherson .... driver: camera car
Graham Gordon .... driver: props
William Laidler .... unit driver
Neil McMahon .... unit driver
Charlie Morris .... facilities driver
Bill Stevenson .... unit driver
Vick Todd .... driver: props (as Vic Todd)
Scott Weir .... unit driver
Keith West .... driver: props
Other crew
Brian Adams .... additional crew
Nicky Agnew .... caterer: Thistle Catering
Anne Maria Antzac .... additional crew
Lucy Aronica .... assistant to producer
Candice Banks .... additional crew
Heather Bownass .... assistant to executive producer
Mark Brennan .... additional crew
Mhairi Brennan .... assistant to producer
Valerie Bresso .... location manager: second unit
Neil Cairns .... assistant production accountant
Kim Roper Caldbeck .... trainee location assistant
John Cameron .... additional crew
Billy Campbell .... additional crew
Fraser Campbell .... additional crew
Lorna Carmichael .... additional crew
Brian Carrington .... additional crew
Steve Casey .... additional crew
Carol Chambers .... additional crew
Victoria Christensen .... crowd coordinator
Denise Coombes .... additional crew
Louise Coulter .... production accountant
Luke Coulter .... accounts trainee
Letham Delia .... additional crew (as Delia Letham)
Gloria Delmonte .... additional crew
Brendan Diver .... caterer: Thistle Catering (as Brendan Divers)
Alan Doyle .... additional crew
Polly Duncan .... additional crew
Lloret Dunn .... location scout
Sonya Dunwoodge .... production secretary
Kate Elliot-Muir .... additional crew (as Kate Elliot Muir)
John Ferguson .... additional crew
Claire Finlay .... additional crew
Jacky Fitt .... assistant to executive producer
Graham Gardener .... additional crew
Diana Gehriger .... assistant: Gillian Anderson
Robert Gillan .... additional crew
Gary Grey .... additional crew
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Roddy Hogg .... additional crew
Tony Hood .... location manager: second unit
Penny Hunt .... additional crew
Jessica Hurles-Laws .... production runner (as Jessica Hurles)
Steve Hutton .... stand-in
Debbie Kaye .... horses and carriages
Johanna Kenyon .... crowd coordinator
Dennis Knotts .... additional crew
Joanne Lee .... runner: second unit
Sarah Lee .... location manager
Sarah Lee .... second unit supervisor
Ella MacLean .... continuity trainee
Duncan McAllister .... additional crew
Charles McDonald .... publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Mark McGuiness .... additional crew
Mandy McKay .... production coordinator
Lou McLoughlan .... additional crew
James Miller .... additional crew
Sonia Moore .... additional crew
Catherine Muir .... additional crew
David Murray .... additional crew
Rosalind Nashashibi .... stand-in
Glen O'Brien .... additional crew
Gerry Ogden .... additional crew
Danny Oji .... additional crew
Karen Osterburgh .... additional crew
Martin Palmer .... additional crew
John Parks .... additional crew
Chris Paton .... unit publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Roger Phillips .... title designer
Samantha Print .... additional crew
Alex Purbrick .... assistant to director
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Derrick Ritchie .... additional crew
Patsy Rodenburg .... voice coach
David Roy .... additional crew
Paul Roy .... additional crew
Esther Sellem .... runner: second unit
Steve Senior .... additional crew
Brian Shemmings .... health and safety: H & S Advisory Services
Dave Sherwyn .... additional crew
Catherine Shirley .... additional crew
Paul Shirley .... additional crew
James Shovlen .... additional crew
Kenny Skey .... caterer: Thistle Catering
Paul Smythe .... floor runner (as Paul Smyth)
Elaine Stewart .... additional crew
Stef Swiatek .... unit nurse
Beverley Syme .... assistant location manager (as Bev Syme)
George Tarbuck .... additional crew
Thomas Urquart .... caterer: Thistle Catering
John Watt .... additional crew
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialect coach (as Julia Wilson Dixon)
Andy Younger .... additional crew
David Alwin .... thanks
Kerry Barden .... thanks
Hercules Bellville .... thanks (as Hercules Belville)
Laurie Borg .... thanks
Helen Boyes .... thanks
Nigel Britten .... thanks
Leonard Crooks .... thanks (as Lenny Crooks)
Graham Easton .... thanks
Connie Freiberg .... thanks
Karen Friedman .... thanks
Neil Harris .... thanks
Norma Heyman .... thanks
Lorraine Jarvie .... thanks: Arthouse Hotel, Glasgow
Terry Lansbury .... thanks
Peter Levine .... thanks
Lilene Mansell .... thanks
Cate Marvin .... thanks
Scott Meek .... thanks
Kevin O'Shea .... thanks
Lady Palmer .... thanks: Manderston House
Lord Palmer .... thanks: Manderston House
Vanessa Pereira .... thanks
Kenny Skey .... thanks: Arthouse Hotel, Glasgow
Julian Slomon .... thanks
Sue Bruce Smith .... thanks
Lady Wemyss .... thanks: Gosford House
Jenny Wilkes .... thanks

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Rated PG for thematic material
135 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director Terence Davies whenever possible used actual period dresses - some so fragile with age that they ripped off of the actresses during scenes - and period corsets, which caused some of the actresses great pain but made them understand better the constraints put on women of the period.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Lily Bart:I have been about too long. People are tired of me.See more »
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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Film Masterpiece Rewards Repeated Viewings, 26 December 2002
Author: intuitive7 from Woodstock, NY

Anyone with years of experience making or watching film will recognize virtuoso work by Terence Davies, his cast and crew here. This admittedly languorous film rates ten out of ten for me and ranks close to Fanny and Alexander for its emotional control and depth. Get the DVD! With $8.7 million Terence Davies did what Scorsese could only impersonate with Age of Innocence, and which Merchant and Ivory haven't done for a long time. Davies has created the suffocating, cosseted and unforgiving social milieu of New York and Tuxedo Park circa 1905-07. The sets, the sense of place, the stunning cinematography of Remi Adefarasin (Elizabeth), and most of all Gillian Anderson's virtuoso performance combine with Davies' excruciatingly seductive pacing and scoring cues to track in loving detail the missed opportunities and downfall of Lily Bart. Every line Wharton used to describe Lily's inner life is there in Anderson's face and in Davies screenplay and direction. If the film feels stiff to younger viewers, it's because it's deadly accurate socially. That gilded society WAS stiff, unforgiving and precoccupied with keeping out the nouveau riche. Anyone who has tried to gain entry to a social register or the DAR might have a easy time understanding the upper class world of New York in 1905.

I must commend Davies for the risky choices he made in casting Eric Stoltz as Lawrence Selden and Dan Ackroyd as Gus Trenor. Ackroyd's boisterous girth works here because Gus Trenor is both gatekeeper and gatecrasher of this social circle. He and his wife are major forces in deciding who's in and out. Ackroyd is not the deepest actor, but neither is Gus Trenor deep. In fact he's to great degree, a backslapping facade. Despite his wealth and high standing, Trenor is pragmatic and doesn't turn his nose down at courting filthy-rich newcomers desiring social elevation - men like Sim Rosedale (Anthony LaPaglia) - if it means Trenor makes a buck. And yes, Eric Stoltz is not a "convincing" choice for a romantic lead, yet he's perfect for the role of Lawrence Seldon, since Seldon balks repeatedly at being Lily's leading man anyway. The sexual charge and arch, ambivalent fencing between Lily and Lawrence is intensified by something indescribable that happens between Stoltz and Anderson in every scene played between them. I can't figure out why it works, except that these two fine actors "found each other". Stoltz's tenor crispness - his not quite boy, not quite man-ness - adds to his character's elusiveness, cowardice and vulnerability. Finally, Laura Linney is devastating as Lily's reptilian nemesis, Bertha Dorset. For me, she evokes some of Glenn Close's lethal devilishness and charm. It is Lily's sense of propriety, her fine upbringing, that makes her incapable of finishing off Bertha in when she can, and should.

Davies' laser accurate sense of place and character sets House of Mirth apart. He's successfully created the last years of Wharton's treacherous gilded world, when carriages were what fine people still rode and automobiles were considered vulgar. Davies' production designer, art director and set decorator have created sumptuous yet stifling enviroments where Davies and his players can move us back one hundred years into a time we can only imagine and smell when we tour a Vanderbilt Mansion. And he did it without Titanic's budget. It's clear from his commentary that Davies had to repeatedly make do and it sounds like this production was a struggle. All I can say is, limitation is sometimes a fortunate mother. I hope Davies, now 57, will soon be up and running with a new film. I'm suprised to see no new project listed yet. If I were a producer, I'd pounce. This director has the magic. And excuuuse me...! No new projects listed yet for Gillian Anderson?

A short note to the Snatch fans that have dissed this film here: I loved Snatch too, loved it, but where's your freakin' RANGE kiddies? SNATCH and HOUSE OF MIRTH were my TWO FAVORITE films of 2001. Tell ya what. Go back to your videogames and Hollywood spectacles and only comment on classic adult film when you've spent a few more years watching much of the worlds great film literature. If HOM is too slow for you, let your hormones rage for a few more years and come back when you're ready to pay attention to human, not cartoon, reality. Meanwhile, don't drop your smirking, restless, impatient and limited verbiage on films like this one.

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