Lilith

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Lilith may have been a book that should have not been brought to the screen. Not even Rossen (who died shortly after finishing the movie), the man who brought us such memorable works as THE HUSTLER and ALL THE KING'S MEN, could solve the inherent problems. Beatty is a Korean War veteran who returns to his Maryland home and takes a job in the occupational...read more

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Lilith may have been a book that should have not been brought to the screen. Not even Rossen (who died shortly after finishing the movie), the man who brought us such memorable works as THE HUSTLER and ALL THE KING'S MEN, could solve the inherent problems. Beatty is a Korean War veteran who

returns to his Maryland home and takes a job in the occupational therapy department of a local mental hospital helping to reorient the wealthy patients to reality. He falls for Seberg, a patient, and they begin an affair, but he learns that she is two-timing him with a woman, Meacham, and that her

nymphomaniacal tendencies dominate her existence. Fonda, another patient, appears to be the only person whom Seberg will not sleep with, and he commits suicide due to that rejection. Fonda's death destroys what little sanity remains in Seberg and Beatty now seeks out the help of the doctors.

Beatty is most lethargic in LILITH, his first film after having been critically acclaimed in ALL FALL DOWN. He waits too long to deliver his lines and then delivers them weakly. Rossen and Beatty were at artistic odds while making the movie. Seberg is believable, as are Fonda and Walter, Beatty's

old flame who wouldn't wait for him to come home from Korea and married Hackman instead. The interesting novel upon which the movie is based examines the inner workings of mad minds, but the film is a murky, boring, seldom entertaining attempt at an American art film. Seberg had come a long way

since her 1956 debut as Joan Of Arc and she was to continue to improve greatly until her tragic and mysterious death at 41.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Lilith may have been a book that should have not been brought to the screen. Not even Rossen (who died shortly after finishing the movie), the man who brought us such memorable works as THE HUSTLER and ALL THE KING'S MEN, could solve the inherent problems.… (more)

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