Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda, Kim Hunter, Anne Meacham
Director: Robert Rossen
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: UN Release Date: 4-APR-2006 Media Type: DVD
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John B. (FilmFanwithCat) from MENLO PARK, CA
Reviewed on 8/9/2013...
i'll look forward to finding a Copy of this DVD on This Site.
i borrowed it from the Redwood City(California) Library,
on the advice of a stranger i met and had a long conversation with , There,on July 3rd.
She knew a lot about movies. (i ,borrowed "127 Hours" , also ; and , i enjoyed that film.)
Jean Seberg was the Wife of a Famous Author, named Romain Gary.
He was a world-traveller, a "womanizer" , a man of the world , by definition of
His Friend William Styron...author of "Darkness Visible"~~~an excellent look into
Depression, with stories of many who have been damaged by Mental Illness.
Jean Seberg was a Beautiful, blond Actress.
She was found Dead,in Her car,on a Paris side street ,
following an overdose of sleeping pills.
Shortly after, Romain Gary put a bullet in His head.
To see Seberg act out the Role of "Lilith" is , then , kind of an eerie experience.
She,actually, had seeds of Mental Illness , in Herself, as She played this role.
This film is now part of my collection(will be when i get a copy)
of Films ,from Hollywood, and Independent films,
which espouse what Mental Illness is like, and what the Victims become.
It is worth seeing.
Considering the time of its release, it does a decent job at being even-handed
with the subject of Mental Illness.
~john, San Francisco Bay Area (8.9.2013 @ 2:02am)
Crime and passion
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a slow, delicate film. There are no car crashes, and no muscle bound hero to save the earth from some impending doom. What you will see is a brilliant study in how the weakness of one man, Warren Beatty, can cause so much harm. His misdirected passion causes the mental collapse of one, Jean Seberg, and the death of another, Peter Fonda. All cast members give excellent performances. This is a haunting film that has stayed in my memory for many, many years."
A Faithful Adaptation; Beatty Stiff As A Board
legmuffin | Kansas City, MO USA | 11/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Salamanca's novel of the same name, I had very little hope that the film would catch the unsettling nature of the novel. I was wrong. Rossen captures Lilith's spirit even in the opening credits, as an abstract drawing reveals what appears to be a spider breaking away from its web. Is this symbolic of Lilith leaving the mental home? Or of Vince, the main character, leaving his ideals of himself? Whatever it might mean, the "dreamy" music and the stark black and white film convey the mood of the book quite well, and borders on what one might perceive as a "horror" film. And viewed in this light, the grounds of the mental home (where most of the story takes place) are both comforting and disturbing. Lilith, played with absolute conviction by the wonderful and beautiful (sans god-awful wig) Jean Seberg, really made the film enjoyable for me. Just witnessing Seberg's performance was inspiring. Hackman has a small character role (in what was his first) as a "hack" husband to Vincent's teen-romance girlfriend. And Peter Fonda is here too, in an almost unrecognizable role as an overly sensitive man at the hospital, competing with Vincent for Lilith's love. Let's say all is good, almost great, with this film, excepting Beatty's cardboard performance. I can't imagine why Beatty, given a very defined and complex character like Vincent to portray, couldn't be less stiff than he is here! He didn't ruin the picture for me, but his inability to convey ANY emotion, and just stare numbly out into nothing in most of his scenes, simply frustrates. His performance makes you want to kick him in the pants and say, "C'mon, man! Get it together!" through most of what is otherwise, as I've cited earlier, a successful film. Kudos to Rossen for not shying away from the somewhat controversial subject matter found in the book, and for capturing the elusive quality of Salamanca's story. Congratulations to Seberg for an amazing performance, and a visibly furrowed brow to Beatty for his sleepwalking."
For Fans of 60 Icons Beatty, Seberg, and Fonda
Kevin Killian | San Francisco, CA United States | 08/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"LILITH was made by the American director Robert Rossen after a period of having been blacklisted, or graylisted at any rate, and a tremendous comeback with THE HUSTLER starring Jackie Gleason. I remember thinking, well, LILITH might not be the ticket for a permanent comeback for Rossen and indeed this turned out to be the case. It's a failure, but an ambitious one and the kind of movie that makes you long for it to be just a little bit better.
Its stars are incandescent. In LILITH Warren Beatty shows for the first time that he's more than just a pretty face. He plays a troubled vet who takes a job as a "counsellor" at a swanky sanitarium, He's almost as messed up as his patients. I wonder if they called him "Vincent Bruce" to sound like "Vincent Price" because he exhibits all the signs of erotic obsession we associate with Price's AIP Poe films, though Beatty isn't as over the top. And playing the "Barbara Steele part" is Lilith herself, Jean Seberg, looking utterly beautiful and enchanting and evil. Peter Fonda is also in it, almost too young to believe, looking good and acting his ass off as another mental patient who falls for Lilith's wicked ways. And then, for fans of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT on TV, you can spot Jessica Walter, the mother of the clan, here playing Laura, the former girlfriend of Vincent Bruce. He goes back to visit her, even though she married Gene Hackman, in a scene that seems very reminiscent of the end of SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, where Beatty also had to confront the fact that his girlfriend is hitched up with someone else.
And KIM HUNTER is in the movie too, like Rossen also a victim of HUAC and blacklisting. Here she is a kindly older psychiatrist with a little bit of a thing for Beatty. Well, who wouldn't! Kim Hunter played one of the apes in Planet of the Apes and a memorable "final girl" part in THE SEVENTH VICTIM by Val Lewton and Mark Robson. She's wonderful to watch."