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|Directed by||Robert Rossen|
|Produced by||Robert Rossen|
|Written by||Robert Rossen|
|Music by||Kenyon Hopkins|
|Editing by||Aram Avakian|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 27, 1964|
|Running time||114 minutes|
Lilith (1964) is a film written and directed by Robert Rossen. It is based on a novel by J. R. Salamanca and stars Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda, Kim Hunter and Gene Hackman. The movie is about Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland.
Set in a private mental institution, it tells of a trainee occupational therapist Vincent Bruce (Beatty) who becomes dangerously obsessed with a seductive, very able, schizophrenic patient Lilith Arthur (Seberg).
After engineering the suicide of another patient (Fonda) out of jealousy for his crush on Lilith, Bruce presents himself for psychiatric help to his superiors.
Chestnut Lodge would not permit filming on location so those scenes were done in a vacant mansion rented by the production company, Centur Productions, on the North Shore of Long Island (Locust Valley). Location shooting in Maryland was done in a private home in Rockville as well as in the downtown area, plus scenes at Great Falls on both the Maryland and Virginia sides of the Potomac River, as well as a staged carnival scene at Barnssville, Maryland.
This was Robert Rossen's last film.
In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film David Thomson describes Lilith as "an oddity, the only one of [Rossen's] films that seems passionate, mysterious and truly personal. The other films will look increasingly dated and self-contained, but Lilith may grow."
- Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
- David Thomson The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002, London: Little, Brown, p760.
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