This is the beauty of this gem and her outstanding writing makes it possible. Lily could have chosen better, and yet, her upbringing and circumstance to some extent shaped her into the woman she became. Oh, how I delighted in this book. Gryce, gets cold feet, hearing about Miss Bart's gambling debts, what would mother think? I certainly believe that Edith Wharton considered this scripture as she created the character of Lily: Lily was a fool seeking for mirth rather than a wise woman who allowed herself to mourn and adjust her life as her circumstances changed. It didn't take me away. He continuously pledges his love for Lily, but also realizes that Lily has become a social liability.
Unfortunately I think this is a film that requires watching more than once as some explanatory scenes appear to have ended up on the cutting room floor. So depressing I had to read two Nancy Drew mysteries afterward to cheer up. Can make you want to overthrow Edith Wharton violently. She had yielded to a passing impulse in going to Lawrence Selden's rooms, and it was so seldom that she could allow herself the luxury of an impulse! Plus, Lily needs a husband who can settle several large debts she has accumulated many from gambling at cards. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work. Nearly every friend Lily has betrays her at some point — if not in action, then in thought. And another sequence, in which a privileged person is transformed into graffiti, is nearly as unsettling.
If I were shabby no one would have me: a woman is asked out as much for her clothes as for herself. Most of the best scenes and shots are framed in intimacy, not lost amidst panoramas of superficial grandeur or the shallow aesthetics of Merchant-Ivory-style film making. She wants a wealthy life more than anything, appearing quite shallow at times. The shimmer of expensive china, the buzz of vacuous conversations conducted in affected accents, the ring of self-assured laughter spilling forth from the made up faces of social butterflies and the dispassionate flirtations between social aspirants and calculating husband-hunters provide a glittering backdrop to her spiralling descent into the realms of penury and obscurity. Her first book of stories, The Greater Inclination, was published in 1899. I had read The Age of Innocence by the same author, and had enjoyed that novel much more.
It tells how one gl I have taken much longer than usual to finish this novel. Like so many others, Miss Bart is a victim of her own naïveté, stuck in a world where there truly are no good guys, and yet she relies on others for aid. Lily's plans to snare a husband hit a snag with she learns through the society pages that Selden has sailed overseas on business. He enfolds the audience in Lily's veiled anxiety. Get out the hankies and Nancy Drew. It is Lily's sense of propriety, her fine upbringing, that makes her incapable of finishing off Bertha in when she can, and should.
I wanted her to make up her mind, and at the same time dreaded every one of the options she had. Her face can show conflicting nuances of emotion that deeply affect the viewer. She wants to be saved, but sticks stubbornly to her idea of success. She is selected from the same social circles as the bridegroom, has an impressive inheritance of her own, is well educated for her role to raise the successors to the throne. Lily Bart is such a 'friend' and has been raised to be such a wife of a rich man. She won't do it because he's a Jew, but also because there's this one little thing she has to do first. Throughout The House of Mirth, Lily struggles to find redemption from the shabbiness she so despises.
At the heart of Davies' film is Gillian Anderson's brilliant performance as Lilly Bart. What a human grip also has on our sympathy, and what a complex creature she is, with her demi-monde longing for luxury, and her fine capacity for conscience. Under the glitter of their opportunities she saw the poverty of their achievement. Based on the reality of the time, the author did not try to create a romantic environment and write a fairy tale for love-sick Romance aficionados. Like many British period dramas, the film is beautifully photographed and makes use of some sumptuous sets and costumes.
Yes,she is a real pro at love tragedies. Lily finds herself in limbo and quite ill at ease with her tenuous position. It is New York City in 1905, a town full of promise in an era of drawing rooms in which tea is still served every afternoon. The story brings out an unpleasant side of the upper class New York so The House of Mirth is a tragic tale of the life of Miss Lily Bart, a beautiful young girl who is raised to aspire in wealth and luxury. It is a rigorously austere film - the surface trappings are minimised, made deliberately artificial or obscured by dull lighting; the use of music is economical, what little there is comes from over a century before the drama is set, less lush, less wallowing, more ascetic, brittle, thin than contemporary late Romantic music would have been; there is no witty dialogue - the dramatis personae are either bores or monsters, all speak with elaborate stiltedness.
Why was it so hard for Lawrence to tell her how he felt? Is there nothing else she can do? That is when his pulse beats faster. Which was why I am saddened to give this such low rating. It was the background she required, the only climate she could breathe in. The House of Mirth is remarkably tragic. Almost completely dependent on her aunt for money, Lily knows she must marry a wealthy man, and soon. Meanwhile, don't drop your smirking, restless, impatient and limited verbiage on films like this one. The House of Mirth was the first novel by.