The Age of Innocence

  • Dir: Martin Scorsese

  • USA, 1993, 139min, DCP

  • Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer,Winona Ryder

Listen to what Joanne Woodward narrated: “They all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world. The real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.” It was New York society in the 1870s. Archer was a man who loved the divorced Ellen but chose to marry the virgin May, because it was what the respectable society thought was right. Martin Scorsese is struck by Edith Wharton’s novel about the brutality under the manners, which resembles the world of his Mafia films. In a visual style of lyrical romanticism, Scorsese offers an extraordinarily sumptuous piece of filmmaking, with a sense of loss and resignation – the innocence of love is like a yacht sailing by on a shimmering sea, and never returns.

1994 Academy Awards, Best Costume Design

1994 Golden Globe Awards, Best Supporting Actress

07/05/2017 (Sun): Post-screening talk with Thomas Shin


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