The Age of Innocence


Action / Drama / Romance

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Winona Ryder Photo
Winona Ryder as May Welland
Martin Scorsese Photo
Martin Scorsese as Photographer
Michelle Pfeiffer Photo
Michelle Pfeiffer as Ellen Olenska
Daniel Day-Lewis Photo
Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer
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929.40 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
P/S 1 / 2
2.05 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
P/S 5 / 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by nycritic10 / 10

A Mob Family Which Doesn't Use Violence, But Smiles and Good Manners.

The deliberate slowness of the camera as it moves throughout scenes; the way characters react to one another with little more than glances and smiles and polite gestures who imply much more than what they say; the theme of a rigid society and the woman who unknowingly disrupts it with her "scandalous" conduct; the story of a repressed love affair: this is not the stuff that makes Martin Scorcese films as he's more known as a filmmaker of aggressive, extremely violent films depicting mainly Italian-Americans in a gritty New York City. However, while the story is upper-crust WASP, the visual imprints are his, and the violence is completely internal, emotional, equally if not more devastating.

Contemplative, but no less involving, is the core of this movie's visual attitude. With so much subtext just simmering underneath the events told in THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, any other approach would have reduced the impact that its denouement reveals. Scorcese uses a tremendous amount of visual tricks to emphasize what or whom we should look at: spotlighting Pfeiffer and Day-Lewis as they enjoy a quiet conversation during the intermission in a play; overlapping series of fleeting images from snippets of correspondence between characters; slowing the action down for about five seconds in a key scene (when Pfeiffer gets up from her seat, crosses a room full of guests to go talk to Day-Lewis as Woodward narrates "It was not the custom for a lady to get up ... and talk to another man."). His technique forces us to really watch the story, to look for details, overt and covert, since like the opening montage of roses in bloom at the beginning of the credits, this is a movie of deep contemplation -- not because of the lush images, but because of the subtle game of tradition which is being played behind the curtains, just out of the camera's view. Nothing is what it seems, and in the exceptional case of Winona Ryder's incredibly sly portrayal of May Welland, that becomes true: she knows much more than her character reveals, and when she does so, it's only with a loving glance. She is aware of her husband's attraction to Ellen Olenska, and even casually feeds him into it, only to chain him to her at the end when all is revealed and nothing can be done. And this is what makes the movie so ultimately tragic and emotionally jarring: that true love is consciously allowed to be crushed in lieu of family tradition, which is the overwhelming hypocrisy of the people inhabiting Edith Wharton's timeless novel.

Reviewed by bkoganbing7 / 10

Rules and discretion

The world that Edith Wharton grew up within the 19th century and the one Martin Scorsese did in the 20th century are so vastly different. About all they have in common is it's New York City. But each has a strict code of behavior and violation can bring ruin and disgrace or worse.

In the tight little world of the New York upper crust gossip flows freely, but you dare not let your life in that new thing called the tabloid press of Mr. Hearst and Mr. Pulitzer Discretion is the key.

Daniel Day Lewis is your typical society blade of the time who is about to make a good match in Winona Ryder. But he meets up with a cousin of her's Michelle Pheiffer over from Europe. She's married but separated from a profligate scion of old European nobility. Then as now old names marry new money to keep up a lifestyle. It's the bargain you made and by the rules you stick with it.

But Pheiffer is an exciting and liberated woman for the time and she fascinates Lewis. The big question is will he ive in to temptation. In Edith Wharton's world you don't.

The Age Of Innocence is one opulent film as befits the time and place it's set in. Winona Ryder got a Best Supporting Actress nomination and it got a flock of other nominations in technical categories bringing home the statue for Costume Design. It's an eyeful to look at, but Edith Wharton's story and characters never get lost in the splendor.

And it proves a good story is always the bedrock of a good movie.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle3 / 10

certainly not Scorsese's usual

It's the 1870's in NYC. Newland Archer (Daniel Day Lewis) is to be married to the innocent May Welland (Winona Ryder). May's cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) has come to stay. The Countess married poorly to a Polish count who took all of her money. She left him and is the subject of gossip in the proper world. Despite this, May and her family supports her and so does Newland now. The Archers are much more traditional and Newland is expected to marry well for the family. Newland falls for Ellen who decides to divorce her abusive husband. More and more, he finds the naive May to be an empty dress.

It seems that Martin Scorsese is more in love with this world and trying to explain it rather than tell a compelling story. The narration plays up the literary background of the material but it is just as stuffy as the world it purports to skewer. Joanne Woodward makes it almost an old fashion MasterPiece Theater. Scorsese is a master filmmaker and this is a beautiful film. The sets are gorgeous. However the narration just droned on and on and on. It is all so boring with every exposition of the various passive aggressiveness.

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