The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth

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The House of Mirth

Adapted for the screen from Edith Wharton's much-loved novel of the same name, House of Mirth follows the fortunes -- or lack thereof -- of Lily Bart, an ambitious but financially imperiled young woman looking for a rich husband in early 20th century New York. The story opens as Lily (Gillian Anderson) takes tea at the apartment of Lawrence Selden (Eric Stoltz), a young bachelor lawyer to whom Lily is attracted but cannot marry because he is not wealthy enough for her liking. Lily stops at Selden's apartment en route to Bellomont, where she is planning to husband-hunt at the country home of shifty businessman Gus Trenor (Dan Aykroyd) and his wife. Gus agrees to invest some money for Lily, but his intentions toward her quickly turn carnal, and when she rebuffs his advances, she finds herself $9,000 in debt. Help arrives in the form of financier Sim Rosedale (Anthony LaPaglia), who extends to Lily a businesslike proposition of marriage; though she is tempted, Lily refuses his offer because he is nouveau riche rather than blueblood society. Soldiering on, Lily journeys to the Mediterranean, where she has been invited to the home of Bertha Dorset (Laura Linney), an alpha socialite who schemes to use Lily as an unwitting decoy for an affair under the nose of her husband George (Terry Kinney). When the trip starts to go bad, George tells Lily that he wants to divorce the slatternly Bertha, but needs some solid proof of her affairs in order to do so. Lily knows that one of Bertha's previous lovers was Selden, but her loyalty to him prevents her from speaking up to George. So, still in debt to Gus and given only a paltry inheritance by her aunt (Eleanor Bron), Lily endures a slew of unsuccessful jobs and, tragically, gradually sinks into the mire of genteel poverty. Directed by Terence Davies, House of Mirth premiered at the 2000 Locarno Film Festival. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2016
UPC: 9337369008721
Original Release: 2000
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 20,494

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gillian Anderson Lily Bart
Eric Stoltz Lawrence Selden
Dan Aykroyd Gus Trenor
Eleanor Bron Mrs. Peniston
Terry Kinney George Dorset
Anthony LaPaglia Sim Rosedale
Laura Linney Bertha Dorset
Jodhi May Grace Stepney
Elizabeth McGovern Carry Fisher

Technical Credits
Terence Davies Director,Screenwriter
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Pippa Cross Executive Producer
Paul Hamblin Sound/Sound Designer
Monica Howe Costumes/Costume Designer
Adrian Johnston Musical Direction/Supervision
Bob Last Executive Producer
Michael Parker Editor
Olivia Stewart Producer
Don Taylor Production Designer
Guy Travers Asst. Director
Alan J. Wands Co-producer
Edith Wharton Source Author

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The House of Mirth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just seen House of mirth this weekend. Even though it is a bit long winded at times it was never the less an enjoyable film. I won't bore you with the details but just give a quick outline. Lily Bart (Gillian Anderson), a young socialite in the 19th century in New York, quickly goes from one diaster to the next. She has the reputation for being on a hunt for a husband (''why don't you say it Judy, I have the reputation for being on a hunt for a husband'' ) but she really only ever has her one heart caught and captured by the exclusive Mr Lawrance seldon (Eric Stolz), a man whom Lily has known for a long time. However Lily has gambling debts and in a moment of askance, she asks gus Trenor, her friends husband to look after the little money she has left. however it turns out that he took some of his money and invested it for herand after awhile wants it back. Mr rosedale (played by Anthony lapaglia) is interested in Lily but she hates him. however as the movie progresses we find out he is not as bad as everyone thinks he is. It is a sad but melonchony piece of film. Even though the film makers did not rely on a musican to write them a soundtrack for this film, the beautiful classical music they use for this film, sufices. Gillian Anderson does an extremely good job as Lily Bart and is very believable in the role. the other characters just skim over the film. laura Linney plays not a nice character in the film - you would not have guessed she was the same one, who was in You can count on me. However I did not like the way it ended - with Lily dying and mr Seldon, only realising too late (as is the way with all these sort of novels and films) he loves Lily. it is a film about the sobering force of poverty and what happens when the little tempetations of life get the better of you. it also gives an insight into the fact, that it is not how much money you have, but the way you chose to live with that money. A good historical romance, if you are in the mood for something intense (however I do warn you not to watch it with a male - they won't be able to stand all the crying in it done by the female stars) A worthwhile film to see
dj137 More than 1 year ago
Would consider reading the book first ALWAYS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago