The House of Mirth (1918 film)

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The House of Mirth
Directed by Albert Capellani
Produced by Metro Pictures Corporation
Written by Albert Capellani & June Mathis (screenplay)
Based on The House of Mirth 
by Edith Wharton
Starring Katherine Harris Barrymore
Henry Kolker
Christine Mayo
Cinematography Eugene Gaudio
Distributed by Metro Pictures Corporation
Release dates
  • August 5, 1918 (1918-08-05)
Running time
6 reels (1719.07 m)\ 60/70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The House of Mirth 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 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.


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 Selden (Henry Kolker), Lily is desirous of maintaining her luxurious lifestyle: she accepts the financial "favors" of some married millionaires but refuses to surrender her virtue in return – until she discovers that her sainted Selden has been fooling around with another man's wife.



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