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Despite being a period piece, The House of Mirth's depiction of social cruelty still feels chilling and relevant for today.
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Davies breathes fresh air through the wax museum corridors of the costume drama by finding behind all that stiff-spined pomp and circumstance the most venal of impulses.
This is very much Anderson's film.
It has such an eerie contemporary resonance that you nearly forget about the horses and corsets and lamplight.
Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless.
Lovely to look at.
I can't recall another movie that cries out so incessantly for running commentary.
Lily's downfall plays out as an event of great pathos, because the act of dethroning her occurs without the characters and Davies' own diegesis voicing it at every stage.
Meticulously made with graceful style, Terence Davies' adaptation of Wharton is superior to Scorsese's Age of Innocence, the author's other famous novel.
A very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel.
Everything about the film feels ornate but funereal, like an airless luxury suite on the last night of an affair.
Besides his remarkable ability to render a profound sense of past in all his films, Davies can uncannily map out the emotions of his characters via his mise-en-scene.
Ultimately, each passing minute equates to another cruel twist of the knife, and the audience cannot help but be riveted.
Good and beautiful to look at but so depressing!
it's a bit stiff in the execution and the bulk of it's power derives from wharton's novel: a woman of independent ideas is crushed by the 19th century. gillian anderson well deserves all the praise; however eric stoltz and dan ackroyd just seem odd in this setting. i cried a lil bit. love costume drama. i'm such a girl :P
Gillian Anderson is a perfect Lily Bart, because we realize that though the narrative is ostensibly centered on her, her blandness really lets the supporting cast shine (particularly the Lovely Laura Linney!).
"I have tried. I have tried hard -- but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person."
Great line. A little close to the bone, but great.
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