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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 a great artistic film which takes you back to the late 1800s in New York. The costume design and art direction are terrific. This is not your typical Scorsese movie as the genre is totally different but you can recognize his direction through the entirety of the movie. The film is told in a narrative style and it introduces us to the high society in New York which is all about traditions, gossip and outward appearances. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the outcast Countess Olenska, who is being heavily judged by the society as she is going through a seperation from her husband. Daniel-Day Lewis comes into the picture as Newland Archer who is engaged to Countess…
I'd like to personally thank Cinebro from recommending me this film. It's pretty good, at least it is technically speaking.
I'm not the biggest fan of period costume dramas like these. Not that I don't enjoy the subgenre. In fact there are some I like and others I flat out love. It's that it's hard for some to sustain my interests. This one especially just isn't my flavor. It's not bad, in fact some can say it's great and they'd be right. I was just a little bored with it; not completely engaged as I should have. Also, it all feels to much like a stage melodrama for my tastes. Kinda like some tv romance you'd find on BBC. Plus,…
This may be the sexiest film ever made that doesn't feature a single sex scene. The simplest of gestures -- the removal of a glove, a kiss on the neck, the caress of a hand -- are made erotic because Scorsese throws us into a world of strict social constructs and repressed emotions. Despite the apparent left turn in his filmography, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE is not too far removed from the likes of TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL, and GOODFELLAS.
Michael Ballhaus' cinematography is the highlight of this film.
Nota = 5
Powerful in its earnestness, visually resplendent, and engaging from its beginning to its poignant conclusion, The Age of Innocence is an intelligent and moving costume drama enlivened by Scorsese's artful direction (that communicates his obvious passion for the world he creates here) and the cast's subtle performances.
The costuming + sets of this film were beautiful, but the plotline was muddled and boring. Acting was A+, at least considering the dullness of the script.
Interesting choice for a Scorsese flick, I guess he had a Ophuls inspired creative bent he wanted to explore. The film itself feels as if it was one of those epics of the past exploring the aristocracy through a personal melodrama. I had the expectation that Winona Ryder would've had a larger role in the story than watch she actually had, mostly as I'm not a big fan of Pfieffer. The story was compelling and investing for the first half but by the mid point I was pretty bored by the story itself. I was pleasantly surprised by the direction the film takes in the last act. Daniel Day-Lewis isn't an actor that I've seen much of his filmography but his work in Gangs of New York created an odd feel when viewing this character.
It doesn't take a lot from a period piece to impress me, I'll admit that. With beautiful visual and flowery language, Martin Scorcese makes it look easy to create an elegantly beautiful piece of historical cinema; but this is all actually an illusion, and as it turns out, The Age of Innocence is far more than just eye candy.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer, the story of the film revolves around Newland Archers (Day-Lewis), a lawyer who while dealing with Countess Ellen Olenska (Pfeiffer)'s divorce, falls in love with her. The plot is simplistic and easy to follow, but never bores, due in large part to how well Scorcese paces the film; though anyone who has seen any of…
Newland: You gave me my first glimpse of a real life. Then you asked me to go on with the false one. No one can endure that.
Ellen: I'm enduring it.
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