The House of Mirth (2000) short review


I LOVE this book, but I think it’s way too depressing to translate to film.  That being said, I think Gillian Anderson does a great job as Lily and the costumes are gorgeous.  Eric Stoltz doesn’t quite work for me as one of Lily’s love interests.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

4 Responses

  1. Adam Lid

    That movie is kind of like watching a train wreck in slow motion. It’s almost painful to see her make the wrong decision at every point. I wasn’t too impressed with Dan Akroyd- just didn’t ring quite right.

    • Kendra

      Agreed about the train wreck. In the book, it’s clear that the society in which she lives hems in her choices, and so it’s tragic. In the movie, it’s not so clear and so it’s kind of stupid.

  2. Dani

    Going by the title I thought this was going to be a fun film about Victorian prostitutes. I was not prepared for the emotional journey!!!!!!
    The costumes were gorgeous though…