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The Age Of Innocence [DVD] 
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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, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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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] 
If only Scorsese would now give us The House of Mirth or What Maisie Knew!
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