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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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Perhaps women will understand Lilith better than anyone! 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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 the staff and patients are loading up to go on their picnic, two of the cars are 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 75's. When they arrive at their destination, the cars have changed into 1958 and 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood 75's. The station wagon has changed from a 1959 Ford Country Squire to a 1960 Ford Country Squire. See more »

Quotes

Lilith Arthur: [Vincent is in Lilith's room at the asylum] Why did you come here?
Vincent Bruce: I needed a job.
Lilith Arthur: [Looking at him rather skeptically] You could get a job in a butcher shop... Grocery store, gas station.
Vincent Bruce: [Vincent nods in agreement, but remains silent]
Lilith Arthur: You were in the army... were you a hero?
Vincent Bruce: [Vincent says nothing, just nods his head, yes, then shakes his head, no]
Lilith Arthur: I didn't think so.
Lilith Arthur: [pauses, gives him a long, piercing look] Did you come here for excitement?
Vincent Bruce: Excitement?
Lilith Arthur: Adventure?
[...]
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Connections

Spoofed in Edge of Sensation (1990) See more »

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Could insanity be so simple a thing as unhappiness?
29 March 2008 | by sabaloSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that managed to leave an enduring impression on me and I've seen it quite a few times since finding it quite by chance. It reminds me of that other great unknown the Ninth Configuration. It tells the story of a troubled ex soldier who goes to work at an asylum and quite unexpectedly loses himself in the world of one of the patients - Lilith. Jean Seberg is quite simply out of this world, her every gaze and expression drawing you the viewer in. It's easy to see how both Vincent and another patient Stephen, an introverted young man, are irresistibly attracted to her visions of ecstatic escapism from the unhappy 'real' world outside. Unlike what it says the back of the case, which rather glorifies the trouble she causes and implies a scheming manipulator of men's emotions this is essentially a poetic tale (of course that doesn't sell!). Instead I was left feeling the problems were all caused by others' reaction to her and the neurosis locked up in all of us that she has a talent for bringing out, and healing if they'd but let go of their insecurities. As a man, it left me struggling with both Vincent and Stephens actions as I can see a part of me in both of them. It also left me wishing I was in the story and how I'd do things differently from them. That's the powerful effect of this film. Also worth noting is the connection, never explicitly stated, with the legends of Lilith and the fall of Adam. In this sense you get to hear her side of the story.. quite remarkable


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