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The Age Of Innocence [DVD] [2001]

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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Linda Faye Farkas, Michael Rees Davis
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Martin Scorsese, Edith Wharton, Jay Cocks
  • Producers: Barbara De Fina, Bruce S. Pustin, Joseph P. Reidy
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N52Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Martin Scorsese, one of the great directors of our time, directs Oscar®-winner Daniel Day-Lewis (1989 Best Actor, My Left Foot), Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in a brilliant adaptation of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1870s. At the center of the film is Newland Archer (Day-Lewis), an upstanding attorney who secretly longs for a more passionate life. Engaged to the lovely but ordinary socialite May Welland (Ryder), Newland resigns himself to a life of quiet complacency. But when May’s unconventional cousin returns to New York amid social and sexual scandal, Newland risks everything for a chance at true love. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE is a spellbinding portrait of hidden romance and regret.


Martin Scorsese does not sound like the logical choice to direct The Age of Innocence, an adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about the 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 centre 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), who has 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 film in which the shift of someone's eyes can be as significant as the firing of a gun. The director's sense of colour has never been keener, and his work with the actors is subtle. --Robert Horton,

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ShopperGirl on 12 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
Martin Scorsese directs Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in a good adaptation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A romance about three New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, this is a well produced film that keeps your attention throughout. I recently saw this again having watched it many years ago and I can say that without doubt this has stood the test of time well.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By on 26 Mar 2002
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A rarity, in that the film is better than the novel! Based on the novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, Scorsese keeps strictly to the text by good use of narration. The cinematography and direction are excellent. The opening titles with the rose unfolding are beautiful, and the ball-room scene is well handled.
Day-Lewis, Pfeiffer and Ryder all give exceptional performances which just catch you up in the story. Even though there is actually very little action, the story, direction and acting all combine to carry you along, and break your heart together with the characters.
One of my all time favourite films, which I would recommend as a must see!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 5 Mar 2004
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My best memory of Age of Innocence is because I saw it in Hong Kong in 1994, complete with Cantonese subtitles! What the Chinese made of 19th Century American society I don't know, but this drama of manners displays the gentler, subtler side of Scorsese's virtuoso film-making talent - none too evident in his more explosive and passionate films, but none the worse for that.
He uses a full palette to create light and shade without the sin of being clumsy or heavy-handed in any way. In fact, the director keeps a light touch throughout, greatly to his credit.
The underlying tensions within this moral tale are heavily contained and masked by the mores and culture of respectable society. not difficult to see why actors of a certain ilk love period drama, when they can use a full breadth of emotional techniques, with and without dialogue. Day Lewis, Pfeiffer and Ryder enjoy themselves to good effect, and the story is told competently throughout.
Not the most exciting film you'll ever see, but worthy of appreciation, particularly as a competitively-priced DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enobarbus on 23 Nov 2014
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How to Film a Novel

This is arguably the finest translation of a major novel into film since Bondarchuk's War and Peace.

It rests upon the premise that Edith Wharton is a far greater artist than anyone working on the film and that her text deserves the utmost respect. Respect rooted in intimate knowledge of and understanding of her magnificent novel.

What is here but is missing from all those lamentable costume dramas generated by Hollywood and the BBC calling themselves films based upon great novels, is a script which recognises that a novel works through language, not primarily through plot or costume. It is the way Wharton makes us see New York society which is at the heart of this experience, not any number of incidents, or impressive performances by famous actors. The attention to period detail is part of that respect for the author, not an opportunity to show off. Scorsese understands late nineteenth century New York because he and his team have done meticulous homework and used that research to illuminate the text: it has not been an exercise is showing off. Similarly, Daniel Day Lewis, the embodiment of a patrician New York hero with subversive cultural refinements and Michelle Pfeiffer never fail to realise not their own idea of Archer and Ellen, but Edith Wharton's shrewdly drawn characters. Winona Ryder alone is peculiarly miscast as the fair, tall, Diana-like embodiment of bourgeois respectability.
The Age Of Innocence [DVD] [2001]
If only Scorsese would now give us The House of Mirth or What Maisie Knew!
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 13 Jun 2004
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Imagine living in a world where life is governed by intricate rituals; a world "balanced so precariously that its harmony [can] be shattered by a whisper" (Wharton); a world ruled by self-declared experts on form, propriety and family history - read: scandal -; where everything is labeled and yet, people are not; where in order not to disturb society's smooth surface nothing is ever expressed or even thought of directly, and where communication occurs almost exclusively by way of symbols, which are unknown to the outsider and, like any secret code, by their very encryption guarantee his or her permanent exclusion.
Such, in faithful imitation of Victorian England, was the society of late 19th century upper class New York. Into this society returns, after having grown up and lived all her adult life in Europe, American-born Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), after leaving a cruel and uncaring husband. She already causes scandal by the mere manner of her return; but not knowing the secret rituals of the society she has entered, she quickly brings herself further into disrepute by receiving an unmarried man, by being seen in the company of a man only tolerated by virtue of his financial success and his marriage to the daughter of one of this society's most respected families, by arriving late to a dinner in which she has expressly been included to rectify a prior general snub, by leaving a drawing room conversation to instead join a gentleman sitting by himself - and worst of all, by openly contemplating divorce, which will most certainly open up a whole Pandora's box of "oddities" and "unpleasantness": the strongest terms ever used to express moral disapproval in this particular social context.
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