Lilith 1964

Lilith

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Handsome young therapist Vincent Bruce (Warren Beatty) is a war veteran who works at a private sanitarium. Vincent's life gradually becomes unhinged as he falls for Lilith Arthur (Jean Seberg), an attractive, unstable and highly manipulative patient. When Stephen Evshevsky (Peter Fonda), another patient at the institution, also becomes enamored with Lilith, it triggers jealousy and desperation in Vincent, leading to a series of dramatic developments.

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Warren Beatty
Vincent Bruce
Jean Seberg
Lilith Arthur
Peter Fonda
Stephen Evshevsky
Kim Hunter
Dr. Bea Brice
Anne Meacham
Mrs.Yvonne Meaghan
James Patterson
Dr. Lavrier
Robert Reilly
Bob Clayfield
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Critic Reviews for Lilith

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  • The story of Lilith - a man's love for a manipulative madwoman makes him go insane - may not be especially gripping, but the way that it's told highlights an intriguingly perverse sensibility.

    July 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • For every scene which disturbs the imagination there is an immediate and easy answer; for every uneasy glimpse of that emotional slippage, there are fifty minutes of therapy.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • What lifts this film out of the ordinary -- and makes it worth the trip to the theater -- is the lilting performance of Jean Seberg as Lilith.

    October 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The awkwardness of a macho auteur attempting feminized poetry lends the work the nervousness necessary for authentic lyricism

    February 14, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Much misunderstood and a commercial flop in 1964, Lilith is well acted by Warren Beatty and one of the first American films to deal with mental illness and the fine line between therapists and patients while using the stylistics of the French New Wave.

    July 12, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Brilliant and delicate, but also depressing and enigmatic psychodrama.

    March 24, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lilith

  • May 21, 2007
    But, aren't we ALL insane?
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2006
    Is it ironic that a movie that takes place in a mental institution could make you feel like you're going nuts right after you finish watching it? Robert Rossen's direction really fits the bill here and compliments a fantastic cast. Lilith is full of little unexplained moments that leave you inching toward that isolated wing of the nut house, but despite her supposed spell over everyone, Jean Seberg (and her wig) just mostly annoyed me. The Gene Hackman scene was great and I saw Peter Fonda's resolution a mile away but the last 15 minutes kind of took a bit of the experience away for (or from) me. Extra points for Kim Hunter. I have no idea why but she was kind of foxy in this movie.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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