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THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (2000) 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… 2000-12-22 PG PT140M Drama Historical Romance Gillian Anderson Anthony LaPaglia Eric Stoltz Dan Aykroyd Eleanor Bron Laura Linney The Glasgow Film Fund The Scottish Arts Council Showtime Networks Inc. Three Rivers Productions Sony Pictures Classics
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THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (2000)

MPAA Rating: PG

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Details Limited Release: Dec 22, 2000; Rated: PG; Length: 140 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Historical, Romance; With: Gillian Anderson, Anthony LaPaglia and Eric Stoltz; 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 Jan 05, 2001 Published in issue #576 Jan 05, 2001 Order article reprints