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Lilith (film)

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Movie poster for the film Lilith
Directed by Robert Rossen
Produced by Robert Rossen
Written by Robert Rossen
Starring Warren Beatty
Jean Seberg
Peter Fonda
Kim Hunter
Jessica Walter
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Cinematography Eugen Schüfftan
Editing by Aram Avakian
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) September 27, 1964
Running time 114 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,100,000[1]

For other uses of the name Lilith, see Lilith (disambiguation)

Lilith is a 1964 American 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 was filmed at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland.

Plot Summary

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.

Filming Notes

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."[2]


  1. Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
  2. David Thomson The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002, London: Little, Brown, p760.

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