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Inside Move: Film Society ‘Mirth’-ful

Anderson starrer helps up attendance at NYFF

“X-Files” star Gillian Anderson has unwittingly sparked a membership drive for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Since revealing Tuesday that Anderson starrer “The House of Mirth” has been included on this year’s New York Film Festival slate, the Film Society has fielded more than 60 inquiries (by phone, e-mail and message-board postings) for tickets to see “The X-Files” star on the bigscreen.

NYFF screening tickets aren’t easy to get. Film Society members get first crack at all showings, many of which sell out before the option is opened to the general public.

This didn’t stop the “X”-philes, a third of whom forked over their credit-card numbers to become Film Society members at $60 a pop.

Given that even members aren’t guaranteed tickets to any particular screening and that most of the “new” members live in other states — Illinois, South Dakota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, to name a few — it is hard to predict exactly what the Anderson fans will be able to get out of their respective memberships. They are not transferable, the Film Society said.

While in the past individual NYFF films have inspired intense audience interest — “Pulp Fiction” in 1994 and “Last Tango in Paris” in 1973, for example — organizers said the Internet has never been involved to such an extent and that there is no precedent for such a reaction to an individual actor.

Pic, written and directed by Terence Davies, will unspool in the Edinburgh and Toronto film festivals before its NYFF screening, which Anderson is likely to attend.

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