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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.
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,…
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 most violent motion picture Scorsese has ever made. No matter how many times I see it, the ending still has the incendiary power to destroy me on a physical, spiritual, and emotional level. SO, HAPPY MOTHERFUCKING BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MARTIN FUCKING SCORSESE! SERIOUSLY, THE GUY IS 73 AND STILL FUCKING RAGING LIKE A BULL.
Pocas veces me sentí tan desesperada por una palabra, un gesto, una mirada, como en esta epopeya emocional dirigida por Mr. Scorsese. La hipocresía y buenas costumbres siempre van de la mano en los estratos sociales, los sentimientos no vienen al caso.
Así, como quien no quiere la cosa, Daniel Day-Lewis y Michelle Pfeiffer me convirtieron en fanática desesperada de ese amor inconcluso, que luego fue una fantasía piadosa y derivó en un sufrimiento eterno. ¿Por qué todo tiende a complicarse?
Mención aparte a Miss Ryder: Cándida, delicada y mosca muerta.
#4 favorite film.
In one of the greatest literary adaptations ever executed, Scorsese draws a lot from Luchino Visconti (especially "The Leopard" and "Ludwig") to create a masterpiece of repression, social commentary and forbidden love. The sensorial feast (Michael Ballhaus greatest work as DP and Bernstein's beautiful score) composes the frame for 19th century's New York borderline cruel social conventions. The visual metaphors are a delight in themselves - never a fireplace meant so much. Day-Lewis, Pfeiffer and Ryder deliver Wharton's lines with such veiled intensity that one can only gasp in awe. The crown jewel of Scorsese's ouvre.
The word that comes to mind is lush. And Daniel Day-Lewis. He is a very lush man.
Sort of an offbeat film coming from the gangster king of cinema. But combining Daniel Day Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder and Martin Scorsese into a beautifully rendered costume drama turned out a lot better than I might have dared hope. Another near knockout in a filmography thats full of them!
Introduced by Miriam Margolyes. Brilliant!
Kinda hilarious that this is a Scorsese. Probably the best slow-burn romance I've ever seen.
A truly fantastic adaptation, but the requirement of restraint is a bit too much to overcome for the picture and the actors. But still, everything is here is just so well done that it’s hard to be down on a movie for not making that final gut punch hit even harder. It’s hard enough, thank you very much. I can’t imagine how hard it is to make a movie based off of a novel that’s all about what is left unsaid and unshown, but this is probably the best possible result.
Absolutely adored this. The production design, costumes and sets were absolutely gorgeous and I was blown away by the attention to detail. The performances were excellent too (despite Day-Lewis' accent slipping into an Irish one some times). Winona Ryder is outstanding as May and it's one of my new favourite characters of her now.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!