in about 100 words or less
US 139m, Colour
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Alexis Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt
A story of frustrated passion and love, The Age of Innocence is an adaptation of the 1920 Edith Wharton novel of the same name. Newland Archer is a wealthy lawyer, and though he is engaged to the New York socialite Mary Welland, he is in love with Countess Ellen Olenska, the estranged wife of an abusive Polish aristocrat. The film’s underlying narrative explores late Victorian societal traditions and those who would break from these norms in search for love. Beautifully designed costumes and sets are filmed with a subtle fluidity that is well-matched to the refined personalities and their delicate sensitivities (Klaus Ming March 2013).