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The House of Mirth (2000)

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A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.

Director:

Terence Davies

Writers:

Edith Wharton (novel), Terence Davies
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Lily Bart
Dan Aykroyd ... Augustus 'Gus' Trenor
Eleanor Bron ... Mrs. Julia Peniston, Lily's Aunt
Terry Kinney ... George Dorset
Anthony LaPaglia ... Sim Rosedale (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Laura Linney ... Bertha Dorset
Jodhi May ... Grace Julia Stepney
Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs. Carry Fisher
Eric Stoltz ... Lawrence Selden
Penny Downie ... Judy Trenor
Pearce Quigley ... Percy Gryce
Helen Coker Helen Coker ... Evie Van Osburgh
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Mrs. Haffen (as Mary Macleod)
Paul Venables Paul Venables ... Jack Stepney
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ... Gwen Stepney
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Storyline

Terence Davies' The House of Mirth is a tragic love story set against a background of wealth and social hypocrisy in turn of the century New York. Lily Bart is a ravishing socialite at the height of her success who quickly discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting unwelcome interest and jealousy. Torn between her heart and her head, Lily always seems to do the right thing at the wrong time. She seeks a wealthy husband and in trying to conform to social expectations, she misses her chance for real love with Lawrence Selden.

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When a woman has the beauty men admire and women envy...it is wise to tread carefully.

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | France | Germany

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

7 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Glädjens hus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£88,920 (United Kingdom), 15 October 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,039, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,041,803, 8 July 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie never had an official release in Germany, theatrically or on DVD, because German distributor Kinowelt went bankrupt in 2001. A German dubbed version exists. See more »

Goofs

The film, which takes place during 1905-07, depicts several characters attending a performance of the opera "Cosi fan tutte" - but that opera was first performed in New York in 1922. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Selden: Isn't marriage your vocation? Isn't it what you're all brought up for?
Lily Bart: You speak as if I should marry the first man who came along.
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In the opening credits the Kinowelt Medien AG is misspelled as "Kinowelt Median AG" See more »

Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet in D Major, op. 64, no.5: 3rd Movement (The Lark)
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performed by The Hagen Quartett
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
Licensed by kind permission from The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of The Universal Music Group
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A beautifully filmed masterpiece !
13 March 2001 | by muldrsbabeSee all my reviews

Being a fan of both period pieces and Gillian Anderson I was greatly looking forward to the premier of this movie, and I was not disappointed. House of Mirth is a gorgeous looking film, full of color, style and history. The costumes and locales are worth the price of admission, and it doesn't hurt that the story is both compelling and dramatic. The cast did a great job of bringing these characters to life, and creating sympathy in main character Lily. Great acting all around, Laura Linney was fantastic in a diabolical role, and Eric Stoltz actually made me cry right there in the theater!

Kudos to all.


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