Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Age of Innocence brilliantly captures the formal control of Edith Wharton’s novel about New York high society in the 1870s. For fans of literary, period drama, there is much to adore (including Oscar-winning costume design from Gabriella Pescucci) but Scorsese also manages to subsume his usual street energy and transform it into pathos. I guess the codes of high society aren’t that far removed from the gangster codes he’s more associated with.
It becomes a desperately sad love story. Daniel Day Lewis makes great use of his cheekbones, while Winona Ryder is just cheeky. Michelle Pfeiffer has never been more beautiful than here, almost glacially so. But one can’t help notice how our own Miriam Margolyes steals the show as Mrs Mingott.
We have a copy of the novel courtesy of @classicpenguins and the anniversary Blu-Ray courtesy of @Criterion to give away. Just tell me:
the cinematographer who shot this film died just last year – who was he?
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