The House of Mirth

The House of Mirth

DVD - 2001
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The story takes place at the opening of a new century, one that held forth all kinds of promises, especially for women. In this post-Victorian Fifth Avenue milieu, Lily Bart, an unmarried woman of 29 with dwindling prospects, needs a husband badly. She lives beyond her means, relying on the grudging charity of her elderly aunt. She is the kind of girl who would make an admirable decoration on some fine gentleman's arm, but there is a liveliness--a knowingness--in her eyes that alarms potential suitors. Lily is unsuccessful in her search for a haven, because she values her emotional and financial independence. To her eternal sorrow, it is other women, the doyennes of high society, who obliquely, ruthlessly, keep that independence forever out of poor Lily's reach.

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papaw53
Mar 31, 2017

Too long and overall a morose sad story. Disappointed, although the costumes and lifestyles depicted were probably correct. Silly shallow people.

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fpsutka
Mar 14, 2017

I enjoyed the book more than the movie. The movie was way too slow, too long. It could have easily had 20 minutes cut from it to make it only a two-hour film!
The more of these historical films I see, the more I realize that thankfully women have life much better nowadays!

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 28, 2014

At 2 hours and 10 minutes this is a relatively long film. Set in New York a century ago, it is about a young woman and her quest for a wealthy husband, with tragic results. If you enjoy costume dramas, this will be your cup of tea. I personally find it a tad slow and talky.

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DonnaEpL
Jan 30, 2014

A well done drama. Nice to see our Canadian actors together in this one.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 06, 2013

This is one of the most mirthless movies I've ever seen.

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ljnadauld
Oct 19, 2012

I loved Gillian Anderson! Great acting on her part, beautiful clothes, scenery, and music. I totally enjoyed it. I haven't read the book so I had no expectations. Dan aykroyd was terrible as well as Eric stole in parts.

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bjessima
Jul 27, 2012

Not a very good movie, despite having garnered some good reviews. Acting is ordinary at best and often just plain poor. Director didn't seem to put much into it. Tried to copy some methods used in similar British dramas but missed badly

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macierules
Apr 08, 2010

Loved the book - didn't translate too well into movie. I blame the director.

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