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Lilith (1964)

A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but strange Lilith.

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Cast

Cast overview:
... Vincent Bruce
... Lilith Arthur
... Stephen Evshevsky
... Dr. Bea Brice
Anne Meacham ... Mrs.Yvonne Meaghan
... Laura
... Norman
James Patterson ... Dr. Lavrier
Robert Reilly ... Bob Clayfield
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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 »

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15 January 1965 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Lilith - La dea dell'amore  »

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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. 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

Stephen Evshevsky: I suppose you think it's rather foolish, rather absurd - this attachment of mine... She's so proud, you know. Such a delicate creature. And yet she allowed me to touch her hair, for a moment. You saw that she allowed me?
Stephen Evshevsky: [Mr. Bruce nods] You see, I really have nothing else to live for.
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Early Beatty and Hackman Standout!
3 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This forgotten, totally under-appreciated film from 1964 is very powerful (I believe it was Robert Rossen's last film). Strangely hypnotic and frightening in a very subtle way, this showed Beatty three years before B&C showing the potential he had in Splendor in the Grass. He also met Gene Hackman while making this and later cast him as his brother in B&C which launched Hackman.

There is also a splendid performance from Peter Fonda, of all people. As Hackman's wife, Jessica Walter showed how amazing she was at a relatively young age and just never got the right parts in decent films. You'll also see a young Rene Auberjenois and Olympia Dukakis in a bit part. I hope more people look into this devastating piece on mental illness.


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