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Age of Innocence

The movie Age of Innocence was based on the book Age of Innocence.

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Movie details for Age of Innocence

The movie was released in 1993. Age of Innocence was produced by Sony Pictures. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com.

Actors on this movie include Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Geraldine Chaplin, Tracey Ellis, Carolyn Farina, Michael Gough, Richard E. Grant, Mary Beth Hurt, Robert Sean Leonard, Norman Lloyd, Miriam Margolyes, Alec McCowen, Siān Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Alexis Smith, Stuart Wilson (II) and Joanne Woodward.

 

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Martin Scorsese does not sound like the logical choice to direct an adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about manners and morals in New York society in the 1870s. But these are mean streets, too, and the psychological violence inflicted between characters... Read More
Martin Scorsese does not sound like the logical choice to direct an adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about manners and morals in New York society in the 1870s. But these are mean streets, too, and the psychological violence inflicted between characters is at least as damaging as the physical violence perpetrated by Scorsese's usual gangsters. At the center of the tale is Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), a somewhat diffident young man engaged to marry the very respectable May Welland (Winona Ryder). But Archer is distracted by May's cousin, the Countess Olenska (a radiant Michelle Pfeiffer), recently returned from Europe. As a married woman seeking a divorce, the countess is an embarrassment to all of New York society. But Archer is fascinated by her quick intelligence and worldly ways. Scorsese closely observes the tiny details of this world and this impossible situation; this is a movie in which the shift of someone's eyes can be as significant as the firing of a gun. The director's sense of color has never been keener, and his work with the actors is subtle. That's Joanne Woodward narrating, telling us only as much as we need to know--which is one reason why the climax comes as such a surprise.--Robert Horton

Book details for Age of Innocence

Age of Innocence was written by Edith Wharton. The book was published in 1920 by Buccaneer Books. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

Edith Wharton also wrote The House of Mirth (1905) and Ethan Frome (1910).

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Somewhere in this book, Wharton observes that clever liars always come up with good stories to back up their fabrications, but that really clever liars don't bother to explain anything at all. This is the kind of insight that makes The Age of Innocence s... Read More
Somewhere in this book, Wharton observes that clever liars always come up with good stories to back up their fabrications, but that really clever liars don't bother to explain anything at all. This is the kind of insight that makes The Age of Innocence so indispensable. Wharton's story of the upper classes of Old New York, and Newland Archer's impossible love for the disgraced Countess Olenska, is a perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when "society" had rules as rigid as any in history.