Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The Age of Innocence
In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dared to break the rules.
Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.
Film #30 of Project 90
”How can we be happy behind the backs of people who trust us?”
The Age of Innocence shows the kind of glory and emotional strength that you normally expect to see in a Max Ophuls film. Here Martin Scorsese embraces an elaborate style of film-making reminiscent of the sparkling and riveting movies of the classic era, a calm and controlled pace, a story filled with regret, passion, complicated love affairs and characters who are unable to challenge and resist what fate brings upon them. The whole story, the characters and the events may look uncharacteristic of Martin Scorsese but even here and in the midst of the glittering decors and colorful costumes you can see…
Top five Scorsese for me easily. Will write about it at length at some point. Er... somewhere.
Film #2 of 20 Years of Martin Scorsese
It should be noted that I am not a fan of costume films so watching The Age of Innocence was an exhausting and demanding experience. Had it not been for the “20 Years of Martin Scorsese” that I am undertaking, I would probably NEVER have watched this film.
For what it is, The Age of Innocence is not a bad film and is quite possibly, a terrific and unique Scorsese film that sees the man working outside of his comfort zone. With the power of Daniel Day Lewis and fine supporting performances by Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer, Scorsese has successfully created an accurate period piece that deals into the greed of…
Martin Scorsese does a period drama? Yes that's right our blood soaked,mafia obsessed, purveyor of profanity, made an eloquent, sophisticated and sumptuous looking film that although not normally his thing was intriguing.
A tender,tragic and transcendent performance from Daniel Day Lewis sets the tone of a movie high in quality dialogue with a complex plot-line. Set back in the late 1800's,mostly in New York's high society this features a story of a conflicted man torn between duty and two women. In love with one and engaged to another he goes through a gauntlet of emotions and heartache as he makes sacrifices for the greater good of his families reputation rather that create a scandal. The women in question are the…
The Age of Innocence is beautifully costumed and photographed as well as wonderfully acted, but the story left me cold. It drags way too much and is never very interesting. Pfeiffer, Rider, and especially Day-Lewis save it from being a complete bore. One of Scorsese's weakest in my opinion. 6/10
Even Martin Scorsese can't get me excited about following which rich, uncommunicative, uncomfortably dressed white man is being forbidden - at countless balls and high society dinners - from spending his nights with which rich, uncommunicative, uncomfortably dressed white woman.
The 19th century will hold the title of the worst century ever until the Earth falls into the Sun.
Am I the only one who thinks this is basically an Ophuls film?
It's such an un-Scorsese-like Scorsese film that it almost feels like an experimental film. But good for him for adapting himself to the material rather than the other way around. I think he pulls it off very nicely; the movie really takes its time, but it ought to, as the story is slow-cooked just right, and the characters develop organically within the confinements of their society. I loved the ending too.
(How un-Scorsese-like was this? It's rated PG! My 5-year-old watched the first 30-40 minutes of it no problem.)
The greatest. For me, the greatest. My favorite film.
It's not that I take a perverse delight in forsaking the formal standards of my favorite filmmakers Ozu and Bresson; it's just that I'm willing to do so if called upon. From the Bressonian perspective, this is sheer illustrated literature, dramatized and drowned in score. Though a film, it conveys its story through means that are non-filmic, but literary, theatrical, and musical. There's authorial voiceover narration for goodness' sake! How can this be a great film, let alone the greatest?
Well, for starters, it couldn't hurt that there can be no greater voiceover narration than Joanne Woodward reading the prose of Edith Wharton. That's the zenith right there. In terms of…
the quintessential "hot daniel day-lewis" film. production design/costuming is amazing, and how it goes from being beautiful and intricate to stuffy and restrictive as archer's discomfort and misery grows is perfect. i am a sucker for any period film, so there's no way i could not at least like that. the performances are great, and scorcese's understated yet lush direction is too.
'You couldn't be happy if it meant being cruel.'
Martin Scorsese, though known for his violence, excess and gangsters, consistently excels in doing one thing no matter what genre he uses - portraying New York. Whether it is a modern Wall Street, a network of gangsters or the high society of the 1800s, he gives his setting character through the people that live there. It is surprising that he should put his name to a period piece of this sort, but it is not surprise that he executes it well. Scorsese makes about as strong a film as might be expected from the material he has at his fingertips, but The Age of Innocence lacks the zip and energy that…
I've not seen this since its cinematic run twenty years ago so I thought it was time to revisit. Time hasn't necessarily been kind to this one and at times, I found it a little slow. The final scene where the Countess and Archer fail to meet many years on, still remains a poignant moment.
Scorsese drops us into the labyrinth of stuffy mannerisms that was Old bourgeois Victorian New York, a society on the brink of collapse following the First World War. The suffocating norm in this cold war society is the overestimation of mummified ritual, the devaluing of honest human contact and romance in order to maintain a false sense of dignity and style. Like many of Scorsese’s films, it deals with social codes and consequences, in many ways this is his most brutal example of survival obedience. Unlike many of his films however, the protagonist falls as a result of his adherence to the code, he is cursed by his inability to overcome his cowardice and embrace his lack of inhibition. He…
A touch baggy but a great restrained performance from Day-Lewis and Scorsese's visual style applied to this type of film pays off in spades.
"They never knew what it meant to be tempted, but you did"
This is an acquired taste...It is deliberate and languid in nature...Those expecting signature Scorsese stuff will be disappointed..it filled with social mores,poignancy and lost love..The costumes,set designs and camerawork are all remarkable...i felt like i was watching Scorsese's tribute to all famous paintings especially A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Geroges Seurat and of course the famous novel....Also it has one of the most beautiful shots in all of Scorsese's own movies.
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