The Age of Innocence (1993)
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In Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel, romance between an upper-class gentleman and an ostracized lady is doomed by 19th century New York society. Shortly after his engagement to blandly genteel May Welland (Winona Ryder), Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is reacquainted with May's scandalous cousin Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). As the head of an esteemed family, Archer initially uses his standing to try to rehabilitate Ellen's reputation, but he finds himself
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I don't know any of those [prior] versions, and I wonder how (which means I doubt that) they avoided the snare that Wharton unwittingly set for her adapters, the snare that, for all his gifts, caught Scorsese.
Manages to be both personal and true to its source, though it never quite comes together.
Spurning Masterpiece Theatre twittiness, Scorsese cuts to the primal passions of Wharton's tale.
Mr. Scorsese has made a big, intelligent movie that functions as if it were a window on a world he had just discovered, and about which he can't wait to spread the news.
Day-Lewis and Pfeifer are on top form with Ryder giving the performance of her career.
Gorgeously shot, deceptively genteel period drama. Day-Lewis, Ryder and in particular Pfieffer give performances as polished as the silver and the result is slow, subtle but irresistibly powerful.
It shows that while conformity can stifle honesty and love, acting in mere self-interest can be even more destructive.
The Age of Innocence drags through some of the usual costume movie elements, but Scorsese's exuberance carries the show.
The movie seems a departure from Scorsese's turf of violence and lower class men, but Wharton's depiction of rigid milieu with its restrictive mores and emotional repression bears resemblance to Little Italy's male subculture.
A stylish but fairly forgettable Scorsese effort
The great tragedy is that the hypocrisies that Newland and Olenska work to reveal are the very same ones that ultimately destroy everything passionate and human within them.
A moving and impassioned work from one of the foremost filmmakers today.
Scorsese brings to stuffy New York society the same keen regard for the rules of social games that characterize his earlier films.
The story lacks the depth of emotion needed to engage the interests of the audience.
[Age of Innocence] is a veritable feast for the eyes, but the story's about as entertaining as a fourth grade adaptation of a Neil Simon play.
Audience Reviews for The Age of Innocence
- Ellen Olenska: Don't make love to me. Too many people have done that.
- Ellen Olenska: I must go where I am invited or I would be too lonely.
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