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The House Of Mirth

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Synopsis

A tragic love story set against a background of wealth and social hypocrisy.

Lily Bart is twenty-nine and very beautiful, but is flawed by her upbringing. She needs a wealthy husband to maintain her precarious foothold in the elite world of the New York of the Belle Epoque. It is a world of vast wealth and moral bankruptcy. In conforming to social expectations, she ignores her chance of happiness with the man she loves.

Her quest for a husband comes to a scandalous end when she is accused of being the mistress of a wealthy married man. The society which once culitvated her now rejects her and she starts to slip down the social ladder. Redeemed by her recognition of the falseness of the life she used to lead, she declines to use her secret weapon to achieve her original goal.

Life for Lily becomes impossible and she moves step by step towards her own inevitable personal tragedy.

Details

Year
2001
Type of film
Features
Running Time
140 mins
Format
35mm Kodak
Director
Terence Davies
Producer
Bob Last, Pippa Cross
Editor
Michael Parker
Screenwriter
Terence Davies
Director of Photography
Remi Adefarasin BSc
Music
Adrian Johnston
Principal Cast
Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Eric Stoltz, Laura Linney, Terry Kinney, Anthony Lapaglia, Jodhi May, Elizabeth McGovern

Genre

Production Company

Three Rivers Ltd.
Contact: Olivia Stewart
Apt. 10
26 Old Compton Street
London W1V 5PB
UK

T 020 7287 2567
F 020 7287 3072

Sales
Company

Capitol Films Ltd.
23 Queensdale Place
London W11 4SQ
UK

T 020 7471 6000

films@capitolfilms.com