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The House of Mirth

Rating:PG (for thematic material)
Genre:Drama, Romance
Release Date:December 22, 2000
Running time:140 minutes
Cast:Gillian Anderson, Eric Stoltz, Dan Aykroyd, Eleanor Bron, Laura Linney
Director:Terence Davies
Producer:Olivia Stewart
Writer:Terence Davies
Distributor:Sony Pictures Classics

Web Site: http://www.spe.sony.com/classics/houseofmirth/index.html

Description: Adapted from the Edith Wharton novel, the story is a sustained snarl of rage at a world where women are overwhelmingly dependent on men for their livelihoods and in which one malicious whisper can destroy a life. 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. Her quest for a husband comes to a scandalous end when she is falsely accused of having an affair with a married man and is rejected by society and her friends.

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