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Age of Innocence, The (1993)

In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dared to break the rules.

Original Title : The Age of Innocence
Director : Martin Scorsese
Writer : Edith Wharton
Jay Cocks
Martin Scorsese
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Barbara De Fina, Bruce S. Pustin, Joseph P. Reidy
Music : Elmer Bernstein
Photography : Michael Ballhaus
Distributor : Columbia Pictures, Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, Columbia TriStar Films de España S.A., Columbia TriStar Home Video, Columbia TriStar Home Video, Columbia TriStar, LK-TEL Vídeo, LK-TEL
IMDB ID : 0106226
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Starring

Daniel Day-Lewis Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer Ellen Olenska
Winona Ryder May Welland
Alexis Smith Louisa van der Luyden
Geraldine Chaplin Mrs. Welland
Mary Beth Hurt Regina Beaufort
Alec McCowen Sillerton Jackson
Richard E. Grant Larry Lefferts
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Mingott
Robert Sean Leonard Ted Archer
Siân Phillips Mrs. Archer
Jonathan Pryce Rivière
Michael Gough Henry van der Luyden
Joanne Woodward Narrator (voice)
Stuart Wilson Julius Beaufort
Carolyn Farina Janey Archer
Tracey Ellis Gertrude Lefferts
Norman Lloyd Mr. Letterblair
Domenica Cameron-Scorsese Katie Blenker (as Domenica Scorsese)
Thomas Gibson Stage Actor
Linda Faye Farkas Female Opera Singer
Michael Rees Davis Male Opera Singer
Terry Cook Male Opera Singer
Jon Garrison Male Opera Singer
Howard Erskine Beaufort Guest
John McLoughlin Party Guest
Christopher Nilsson Party Guest
Kevin Sanders The Duke
W.B. Brydon Mr. Urban Dagonet
Cristina Pronzati Countess Olenska's Maid
Clement Fowler Florist
Cindy Katz Stage Actress
June Squibb Mingott Maid
Mac Orange Archer Maid
Brian Davies Philip
Thomas Barbour Archer Guest
Henry Fehren Bishop
 

Plot

Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May's unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love.
 

Comments

I saw "The Aviator" a couple of days ago and while I still have Howard Hughes flying through my brain I felt the need to see again another Scorsese. I have all of his films in my collection. I closed my eyes and picked one, just like that, at random. "The Age Of Innocence" This is what happens with great artists, you can always re visit them and you'll come out of the experience with something new, something valuable. Transported by the sublime voice of Joanne Woodward I took the trip again to discover that everything in this extraordinary universe that Martin Scorsese, based on Edith Wharton work, is not what it appears. Conventions out of the window, breaking every imaginable rule. Just as the characters get off their trucks, swimming against the tide of the times. Scorsese breaks cinematic rules with such artistry that we're allow to inspect, re live and enjoy a story as old as the world from a completely new perspective. Is as if Luchino Visconti had suddenly woken up with a new contemporary sight to look back with. Daniel Day Lewis is so marvelous that the pain of his predicament becomes more than visual, becomes visceral. For Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder this was the zenith of their careers. They are sensational. The casting, as usual in a Scorsese film, is superb even in the smallest roles. Glimpses of Sian Phillips, Alexis Smith and Geraldine Chaplin add to the pleasures, making this overwhelming banquet of a film one of the most rewarding film experiences I've ever had.
 
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