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Lilith (1964)

A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but strange 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 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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You will understand Lilith more than anyone! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Lilith - La dea dell'amore See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

[last lines]
Vincent Bruce: Help me.
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Connections

Featured in From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) See more »

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One of cinema's most under-appreciated
15 November 2004 | by Dan DeVoreSee all my reviews

Jean Seberg is absolutely captivating in this film. Yes despite the wig she wears, due to the fact her hair was cropped short for her previous films, she is as lovely as ever. One of my favorite films of all time and certainly the best one that deals with insanity in and honest and true way, not only avoiding the cliché' but completely reversing it and debunking the stereotype. Robert Rossen is a great director, one of history's most under-appreciated and few others could helm this story the way he does. Based on the novel by J.R. Salamanca, the story is of a young war vetern who returns home and seeks a job at the local mental institute. There he gets too involved with several of the patients and learns much about their past, which reflects the tragedy in his own life involving his mother.

It's true Warren Beatty does play the role blandly and stiff. While that's a turn off for many people watching the film, I think they fail to understand that just like Ryan O'Neil in Barry Lyndon, it's the character they're playing. Not the actor and certainly not the direction. Wonderful supporting cast from Kim Hunter and Peter Fonda as well as a brilliant cameo by Gene Hackman, which oozes of a marriage gone sour in his bit part.

It's a very hard film to figure out because so much is left untold and rightfully so leaving the audience to decide what happened. Playing on the fable of the past coming back to haunt us it plays deeply on buried memories and traumatic life experiences that were covered up rather than confronted. There is so much positive to say about this amazing film, but even so it's actress Jean Seberg that is the crown jewell in this picture. Criminally underseen, now that it is on DVD anyone interested in deep character studies should make it a point to watch this ASAP.


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