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!