The House of Mirth (1918 film)

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The House of Mirth
La Maison du Brouillard
Directed by Albert Capellani (assistant: Leander De Cordova)
Produced by Metro Pictures Corporation
Written by Edith Wharton (novel)
Albert Capellani & June Mathis (screenplay)
Starring Katherine Harris Barrymore
Henry Kolker
Christine Mayo
Cinematography Eugene Gaudio
Distributed by Metro Pictures Corporation
Release date(s) August 5, 1918
Running time 6 reels (1719.07 m) / circa 60/70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English / French intertitles)

The House of Mirth (French title: La Maison du Brouillard, which is an incorrect translation) is a 1918 American silent melodrama film directed by French film director Albert Capellani, starring Katherine Harris Barrymore as Lily Bart.[1] It is a cinema adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1905 novel of the same name The House of Mirth and the first ever cinema adaptation of any of her work. With its survival status classified as unknown,[2] it is considered to be a lost film.

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Socialite but penniless orphan Lily Bart is living with her wealthy aunt who insists that she takes upon herself a rich husband. Balking at this idea and remaining faithful to her impecunious sweetheart Lawrence Seldon (Henry Kolker), Lily is desirous of maintaining her luxurious lifestyle: she acceptes the financial "favors" of some married millionaires but refuses to surrender her virtue in return - until she discovers that her sainted Seldon has been fooling around with another man's wife.

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