"The Age of Innocence", Scorsese's curiously quiet and slow-paced period drama is elevated by high production values but bogged down by a dysfunctional script. Directed exquisitely by the master, as usual, scored elegantly by Bernstein and featuring lush costumes and sets, this uneventful picture is as unfulfilling as its initially promising love story. Despite best efforts by Day-Lewis and Pfeiffer, the romance never really takes off and marks the film as impressive if unremarkable.
The narration is awful, but other than that this is a fine period romance, with incredibly graceful production design and cinematography and a couple of fine lead performances by Day-Lewis and Pfeiffer. Winona makes incredible eye-candy and doesn't do a bad job of acting either. A surprisingly effective romance from Scorsese.
Technically well crafted and has its moments of fine acting but it's maudlin as hell. Still, a mediocre tale about unrequited love and desire Scorsese style is better than most director's efforts. There are times when you can tell that Scorsese was probably more interested in the NY of the 1870's and the intrigue involved with its high class ballrooms and socialites rather than the primary story. Overall, this is alright but an easily forgettable in the Scorsese pantheon of fine films.
Another Scorsese gem. The cast is, of course, excellent and they all gave great performances. The narration bugged me at first, but I grew to enjoy it as the film progressed. And I'm probably alone here, but many aspects reminded me of Doctor Zhivago. It might also be essential to understanding the genius of Scorsese. it has so much attention to detail and it's so finely crafted that it becomes a real treat for the eyes.
The period is shown with such distinctiveness, such ravishing beauty, such completely appropriate indulgence. The tale is unravelled subtly and with a depth of emotion and moral ambiguity. Scorsese himself has called it the most violent film he has ever made, for whilst no one is shot it is a film in which a great deal of pain, emotional and not physical, is caused both between characters and also by the regime the characters find themselves in - one of hypocrisy, pettiness and pretension.
I didn't think that Scorsese could have made such a delicate movie. And you notice that the director is really involved with his characteres, and the camera moves passionately, as if he were shooting his old folks at Little Italy. Here, instead of anger, there is kindness, even though the male character finds himself always lonely -- and we all know that Marty is the greatest filmmaker of loneliness.
I'm not usually a fan of period romances but this one always kept me entertained, even at 2 hours. The pettiness and passive-aggressive nature of their society was fascinating and funny. Like Larry David's version of hell.