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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…
Rewatch confirms what I've suspected for awhile: this is Martin Scorsese's very best movie . . . poor Newland Archer, always thinking he's the smartest person in the room when in fact he's the dumbest . . . and what rooms, those sweeping tracking shots, rooms cluttered with objects, the conspicuous wealth of the 1870s, generated on the backs of the wholly absent poor . . . a world of unimaginable riches and power, so seductive, its occupants entirely unaware of its exceptionality: a simple matter of fact that their universe is the way it is because they are destined to lead it, their system of unexpressed rules governing their every motion . . . Archer thinks he understands it,…
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…
Director: Martin Scorsese (Third film)
Period (hehe) dramas are only intriguing to me when they differentiate from the same humdrum routine of romanticisms and everlasting love. I don't think I've ever particularly hated them, because I'm never engaged enough to be particularly bothered. This was until I saw Barry Lyndon, and whilst my memories of that film are hazy at best, I've learned or have begun to appreciate the aesthetic obscurity of these films, at the very least.
Usually, I'd expect something like this to be set in England, or in France, but a delightful treat I am given, as we're in New York. Of course, Scorsese's period (hehe) drama would be New York. I found the film…
I don't have any quotes or oblique references or anything like that (I've written about it at length at my old blog). This is a masterpiece and you should all watch it.
Kind of perfect as an old fashioned period costume drama.
I first watched this movie when I was about fourteen and I adored it. My parents actually abandoned it about fifteen minutes in saying it was too slow but I was already hooked. All that angst was like catnip to a teenage girl, I suppose. I read the book shortly after seeing the movie and loved it too.
A few years ago, I tried to reread the book and couldn't make it through. The writing seemed too dry and stilted. I thought I'd have better luck with the movie and I did to some extent. The movie is beautiful and the acting amazing. Despite this, I didn't get caught up in the emotion of the story the way I did…
I'm Not a big fan of period pieces and this is pretty much period piece fetish.
Scorsese lingers on every detail, showing off how expensive everything was.
But like I said I don't really care for that kind of stuff, I need more!
After awhile I stated to indulge in it's elegance and realize More of the fine things. Every frame could be a painting and a masterful one too.
The dialogue is finely written especially if you're into intellectual speak.
So I'd call it great just for that. My brother said the acting is mostly wooden and The story is kind of lacking and I have to agree with him.
But it's Definitely Scorsese's most beautiful film.
You know those stereotypical rich people? The ones that are overly nice, and try a bit to hard to be everyone's friend. They are fancy, but maybe they try to hard to be fancy. They are the kind of people that sit out back and sip on tea and call it a day.
If this stereotype was a movie, it would be The Age of Innocence.
Martin Scorsese has said that The Age of Innocence is his greatest film. Better than Taxi Driver? Better than Raging Bull? Better than The Departed? Better than Goodfellas? Ha. I don't think so. The Age of Innocence does stand out in his career though. It's his most elegant, his most personal, and probably his…
Full review here!
Bored. So bored.
It never really felt like Scorsese to me but sometimes that nice. Straight Story was a really enjoyable film possibly because it was non-Lynchian Lynch. Both films have genuinely moving endings, something I wouldn't normally attribute to either director.
I still prefer Scorsese' late 70s ultra-violent explorations of masculinity. Same theme here, but everything is implicit and repressed. D-Day is great as usual, but the real surprise was Ryder's performance. I don't know what she's doing but her character retains a blank mannequin-like presence that is absolutely perfect - both infuriating to the viewer (and Lewis) and deeply expressive.
Film #5 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16.
I've had Scorsese's costume drama on my watchlist for a long time but haven't bothered to watch it until today. As much as I usually like Scorsese, this didn't surprise me in a positive way.
The Age of Innocence is undoubtedly a stylish, well-directed period film but I also found it dry, boring and overlong. The impressive set design and the costumes didn't help much since the story wasn't at all interesting. Even the always brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis couldn't save it this time.
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