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Lilith (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 January 1965 (Italy)
A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but eccentric, Lilith.

Director:

Robert Rossen

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), J.R. Salamanca (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Warren Beatty ... Vincent Bruce
Jean Seberg ... Lilith Arthur
Peter Fonda ... Stephen Evshevsky
Kim Hunter ... Dr. Bea Brice
Anne Meacham ... Mrs.Yvonne Meaghan
Jessica Walter ... Laura
Gene Hackman ... Norman
James Patterson ... Dr. Lavrier
Robert Reilly Robert Reilly ... Bob Clayfield
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Storyline

Lilith is a about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in Maryland, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her. A restless, but sincere young man with an equally obscure past is seemingly drawn into her web. As time passes, their relationship deepens and intensifies, and the differences between them begin to blur, leading to a shocking, but oddly logical conclusion. Written by Rhea Worrell <rworrel@ibm.net>

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'POWERFUL SHOCKER ABOUT LOVE!' See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Lilith - La dea dell'amore See more »

Filming Locations:

Maryland, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Stephen is clinging to the rocks his eyeglasses disappear then reappear. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Evshevsky: You hurt my hand!
Lilith Arthur: Let me see...
Lilith Arthur: [she closely examines his hand] You really have exquisite hands.
Stephen Evshevsky: I bite my nails.
Stephen Evshevsky: [continues] If I learn to trust my hands... would they really lead me to things I love?
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Connections

Spoofed in Edge of Sensation (1990) See more »

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Insanity was never more seductive.
3 February 2005 | by moster4209See all my reviews

This film was referred to me by a classmate at the U.S. Navy school I was attending in mid-1965. I was a naive young sailor who invariably felt like I didn't fit in. I had felt very connected with James Dean, specifically in REBEL WITHOUT a CAUSE -- talk about a misunderstood young man! Being a bit disturbed seemed to work with both James and myself when attracting kind-hearted and trusting young women.

That being said, and having no idea what the movie was about, I paid my dime (at the base theater), entered, visited the snack bar and proceeded to have my whole world altered. Warren Beatty a kindred spirit -- honest, compassionate, trusting and vulnerable, with a few secrets of his own best kept buried deep within. Jean Seaberg was a vision of desire, sensuality, and intrigue, with more than enough dark secrets herself to draw me and Warren into her world like the largest, strongest magnet on Earth. Before long the co-stars were as one in Lilith's playground. I quickly followed eagerly -- her world looked far better than any I had ever seen or imagined. I was lead on a fabulous, ALICE IN WONDERLAND journey where, while much was familiar, I wasn't at all sure which way was up.

As the movie ended I still had no sense of direction. Hoping to gain greater understanding of where I had ended up and how to return to the "real" world, although I was not entirely sure I wanted to, I exited the theater, paid another dime and returned to my still-warm seat.

No answer was forthcoming -- only more questions, as I re-entered Lilith's wonderland. I think I have never left, nor do I have even the slightest desire to.


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