Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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,…
Even Martin Scorsese can't get me excited about following which rich, uncommunicative, uncomfortably dressed white man is being forbidden - at countless balls and high society dinners - from spending his nights with which rich, uncommunicative, uncomfortably dressed white woman.
The 19th century will hold the title of the worst century ever until the Earth falls into the Sun.
Looks beautiful. Nicely acted and shot.
A sumptuous period drama not just for its opulent production design, but its exquisite visualisation of interior states of mind.
In an era of repressed passions where the characters weren't allowed to say how they felt, the camera moves, colours and editing express what their hearts can barely contain.
Scorsese finds full bodied, blood-pumping emotions beneath reserved surfaces and behind the rituals and etiquette that defined the times. The special emphasis he puts on ceremony and manners is not just for the sake of period specificity, but to show how the rigours of refinement are the chains that bind the people performing them.
Of the performances, Day Lewis and Ryder were the ones that got my attention seeing this at…
Today, I got to see this movie in a theater for the first time. Holy shit - it's beautiful. And while I've always loved this movie, I don't think I've ever been as struck by the movie's fierce diatribe against tradition and family and even morality. The word "honor" is flung around like a weapon. People are ruthless to each other without faltering their smiles. Ands every polite question is soaked in surreptitious accusation. And the look on Daniel Day-Lewis' face when his wife tells him that she 's pregnant is goddamn priceless. My favorite moment in the screening was the delighted guffaw that came from the guy behind me when the narrator hyperbolically described Day-Lewis' dinner with friends and…
Rather flat period drama that ultimately plods along and always feels like it needs someone to grab the whole project and give it a kick. The direction does not allow any of the actors to rise above a rather mundane script in my opinion.
Scorcese loves to do big and this means that his more intimate screen time leaves a lot to be desired. Quite nicely filmed, but that is about it.
Yikes! Scorsese really wasn't kidding when he described this as his most violent movie.
Movie trivia tidbit: Daniel Day-Lewis actually wore a stick up his ass for six months in preparation for this role.
I really, really, really tried to like this film. Unfortunately, I failed, mainly because I couldn't get over the fact that it is a period piece and I can't get to find this kind of movies interesting. I am sincerely sorry I can't appreciate it at its true value, but that's that. Anyway, I understand what this film was supposed to be and I actually think it succeeded in being a period drama built around the strict rules of the society at that time and the consequences of acting out of those boundaries. Also, I have to praise the performances, Michelle Pfeiffer especially, for portraying a great, interesting and powerful female lead. Daniel Daw-Lewis is, of course, very good. Yeah, I really wish I had enjoyed this movie... Congratulations to Scorsese for going out of his comfort zone.
scorsese sporadically employs the kinds of stylization seen in his more famous movies (spotlights, fades to yellow and purple, kind of breaking the fourth wall) in order to distract from the redundant 'will they or won't they' conversations between day-lewis and pfeiffer, who have never seemed more unessential and underrated, respectively.
The Age of Innocence (1993)
This movie had a slow build up and it managed to grab my interest very late into it. I must agree with some things that have been said about this movie, like how it's not like anything that Scorsese usually does, but the fact that he has a rare writing credit means that this was a passion project for him, something like if he really had the chance to do it, would do more often, quieter stories about human beings with struggles about the way that society looks at them and how that evolves into a world of unfulfilled lives that surround him, and how he gets to involved that he just can't escape, the final minutes and their rapid succession speaks loads about how much one has to sacrifice just to have stability. Interesting picture, wish it grabbed me from the start.
Suppress your feelings
And do what society says.
Yep, that's this movie.
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