All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. 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.
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,…
quite obviously scorsese's best movie, and i can't help but wonder with a twinge of regret what my life might have been like if i'd watched this hundreds of times instead of goodfellas & casino...
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.
The reason it's hard to feel bad for anyone in this situation is because they (and by they, I refer to anyone in Archer's situation, that is, being a rich person bound by society's expectations) are not actually bound at all. It's their own greed and love of power and privilege that keeps them from attaining happiness, and it's that same love that makes them view it as some thing to be attained.
The moments in this that emphasize this most are moments of contrast, specifically, the first discussion Archer has with the Countess about divorce, wherein it becomes clear how unjust her situation is. What he would have to give up to be happy with her, what he would…
Where the key to Scorsese is revealed - he is not a combination of Ford and Powell/Pressburger, but rather Raoul Walsh and Max Ophuls.
"He guessed himself to have been, for months, the center of countless silently observing eyes and patiently listening ears. He understood that, somehow, the separation between himself and the partner of his guilt had been achieved. And he knew that now the whole tribe had rallied around his wife. He was a prisoner in the center of an armed camp."
Withnail finally got his big break!
Might be my favorite Scorsese
"you gave me my first glimpse of a real life and then you told me to carry on with a false one. no one can endure that."
- "i'm enduring it."
why didn't martin scorsese make another movie LIKE THIS instead of wolf of wallstreet?! this is e v e r y t h i n g!
ps: going to read edith wharton's novel asap.
Scorsese's absolute finest, sensual and magnificent. Fight me! And bring back Michelle Pfeiffer!
Shame that this is so painfully boring, because it's probably the most perfect showcase of Scorsese's directorial talents.
Absorbing, beautifully photographed and designed, and directed with calm finesse. Poignantly painful ending. One of Mr. Scorsese's more heartfelt works. Definitely worth a watch.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!