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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
... Vincent Bruce
... Lilith Arthur
... Stephen Evshevsky
... Dr. Bea Brice
Anne Meacham ... Mrs.Yvonne Meaghan
... Laura
... Norman
... 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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Before Eve there was Evil... and her name was Lilith! See more »

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15 January 1965 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Lilith - La dea dell'amore  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Seberg regarded "Lilith" as her favorite film. See more »

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

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Vincent Bruce: You see, I don't really think Lilith is unhappy. Most of the patients are. But I don't think she is. She's got some, um, uh, I don't know, she's got a kind of a...
Dr. Lavrier: Rapture?
Vincent Bruce: What was the word?
Dr. Lavrier: Rapture.
Vincent Bruce: "Rapture"? That's a very good word for it.
Dr. Lavrier: Yes, it is a very good word. In Shakespeare's time it *meant* madness. As the words "ecstasy" and "innocence" often did. I think all of us here are concerned with rapture in some way. And when a man devotes himself to studying the nature of rapture, he ...
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Featured in From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) See more »

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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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