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The House of Mirth Terence Davies' magnificent adaptation of Edith Wharton's masterpiece about the folly of one marriageable young woman who pays tragically for her...The House of MirthRomance, Historical, DramaPT140MPG Terence Davies' magnificent adaptation of Edith Wharton's masterpiece about the folly of one marriageable young woman who pays tragically for her...2001-01-05Dan AykroydEleanor BronLaura LinneyDan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Laura LinneySony Pictures Classics
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The House of Mirth

Genre: Romance, Historical, Drama; Starring: Gillian Anderson, Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Stoltz, Dan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Laura Linney; Director: Terence Davies; Author: Terence Davies, Edith Wharton; Producer (group): The Glasgow Film Fund, The Scottish Arts Council, Showtime Networks Inc., Three Rivers Productions; Runtime (in minutes): 140; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Terence Davies’ magnificent adaptation of Edith Wharton’s masterpiece about the folly of one marriageable young woman who pays tragically for her restlessness burns through all the worn-out poses of period costume dramas. This stunning movie, starring Gillian Anderson in a career-igniting performance as proud, kind, foolish Lily Bart, makes a much-read American classic feel freshly devastating. Watch, too, for another piercing performance by Laura Linney as Lily’s treacherous ”friend.” And listen for Davies’ astute use of music – and silence. A

Originally posted January 5 2001 — 12:00 AM EST

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