All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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,…
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…
Edwards does Scorsese, part 14
I wish I loved this film like some of the critics that I respect. To be sure, it's a very beautiful film. The cinematography, set design, costumes, music, and performances are all top class. I just couldn't find myself drawn into the story that much, aside from a few really beautiful moments and that wonderful ending. Daniel Day-Lewis is my favorite actor, and he gives a great performance here of course, but I was sort of shocked at how shaky his American accent is. Also, casting Robert Sean Leonard as his son was an inspired bit of casting.
Beautiful and full of great performances. Unfortunately its runtime is a large detriment and takes away from one’s ability to really enjoy it.
Film #7 in Project 90s
Despite the slow pacing, this film manages to be quite gripping; as someone unfamiliar with the source material, I was really interested and invested in what was going to happen next. The performances are also really fantastic.
My main problem was the narration. I assume it's dialogue from the book, which isn't a bad idea-especially with classics, the writing style can be so vital to the story and tends to be what trips up film adaptations. There were several scenes where the narration was really nice and gave it the feel of reading a novel. But especially towards the end, it became so prevalent that it was actually interfering with my perception of the relationships…
"A journey through the films of Martin Scorsese" - 2015 Edition
Pt. 13: The Age of Innocence
That gorgeous, gorgeous title sequence, again by Elaine and Saul Bass. What a wonderful way to start this film. And just look at list of people involved behind the camera; Schoonmaker, Ballhaus, Elmer Bernstein and Dante Ferretti. What a team!
If we look at Martin Scorsese's body of work this one feels odd, much like "Alice doesn't live here anymore." Scorsese is masculine director, one who seems fascinated by violent and quasi-criminal males struggling for power. And we know of Scorsese's preoccupation with music and religion, so "New York, New York," "Last Temptation" and "Kundun" fit in just as much. But a period…
Drawing a blank...gotta read the Wharton novel and then try again.
Scorsese dejó la sangre de lado en esta preciosista adaptación de la novela de Edith Wharton. Todo en ella es, ciertamente, primoroso: vestuario, decorados, ambientación…
Un intenso drama en el que los sentimientos, siempre contenidos, consiguen imponerse al apabullante envoltorio. Excelente música de Bernstein, sobre unos créditos de Saul Bass.
Un excelente drama a reivindicar.
It is not Dangerous Liaisons.
Definitely not your average Scorsese film. It's definitely fairly entertaining and interesting, but this genre is clearly alien to him and it shows. The voiceover does not work in the slightest, and the artistic flourishes are too few & far between to make an impression.
The three main performances are quite strong though. Daniel Day-Lewis is, as expected, quite good (though it's nowhere near as impressive as his showier work). I'm surprised that Ryder scored the nomination, however, as opposed to Pfeiffer, who steals every scene she's in and does a lot with her very complex character. In fact, I'd argue that she is singlehandedly responsible for making her character interesting. Ryder is no slouch, however. Can these two leading ladies please come back to films? Please!
As expected, the sets and costumes are beautiful. But there are better costume dramas from the era, or any era. Scorsese's a master, but this is definitely a minor entry into his filmography.
Beautifully acted, impeccable period romance from Martin Scorsese. Repression and sexual longing are the order of the day, but also dwells on the themes of sacrifice, and social and familial responsibility, as well as passion. Terrific cast and gorgeous production design, plus has a discernable depth.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!