An unconventional Scorsese film on 1st glance but as this elegant masterpiece goes along numerous conversations, contrasting gossip & repression w/ manners & tradition, you start to see why Marty was drawn into this film. The performances are precise, the direction is great, & the camera is always moving & examining. The most surprising thing was the ending which was not only powerful but explained earlier events.
Un film in costume perfetto, di una bellezza struggente.è una meravigliosa messa in scena di un 'epoca e della sua aristocrazia,costellata di uomini e donne schiavi di rigide convenzioni sociali che ne limitano le scelte per tutta la durata della loro vita. Una sublime meticolosità nel descrivere gesti e dettagli,con colori e pitture degne dell epico Barry Lyndon; Scorsese in assoluto stato di grazia.4*
The ending is a heartbreaker. For all the violence in Scorsese's films, the blood-gushing and the bone-crushing, None of that is as devastating as that final scene...
A worthy companion to any of Martin Scorsese's better-known films, "The Age of Innocence" is absolutely one of his best. The emotional violence inflicted upon these characters is enough to stack up to any of the bloody showdowns presented in "Taxi Driver," "Goodfellas," or "The Departed" just to name a few.
One of the very few adaptations of a great novel that is also a great film. It gets better all the time.
Well, Neil, the real point is not ratings of individual films, but the fact that we both love this man and his work. I will try, though, to give you some idea of where these films fit into my world. On your list, I have still yet to see Bad and Shine a Light, but speaking of music, I am very fond of No Direction Home, The Blues, and The Last Waltz. If, god forbid, he were not able or allowed to make feature films, his non-fiction frequently reaches the power and stylistic verve of his fiction. Letter to Elia is for me one of the great personal essay films. Most of his films I could very gladly watch again right now. The few that I have probably seen enough (at least twice) are King of Comedy, NY,NY, Bringing Out the Dead, After Hours, and Boxcar Bertha. Those that I consider absolutely masterful and can't get enough of are The Age of Innocence, Goodfellas, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Taxi Driver. I also find his four recent films with DiCaprio to be thrilling experiences, though far from flawless, especially The Aviator and Gangs. Well, my friend, now you've done it! I have to scrap my current viewing plans in order to revisit some of these great Scorseses. Thanks for encouraging this brief reckoning. Bob
Never understood the fuss about this one. It's like a poor man's Visconti crossed over with Mills and Boon.
The film breathes with an such an unmatched ease, that it serves as an ironic component to a story drenched in angst. Where the pace in "Raging Bull" thrived in abrupt episodic fits of rage that paralleled Jake LaMotta's life, "The Age of Innocence" takes its time to flesh the period and establish its mood, slow and eternal. That Scorsese can successfully handle such polar opposites is truly a credit to his genius.
Is this perhaps Scorsese's best? It is certainly his most moving. Between this and Casino, he seemed to reach the absolute nexus of his cinema, everything he knew and felt about the art form, a coalescing of style and content. One of the finest films ever made.
One of Scorsese's best films, The Age of Innocence remains criminally underrated. It's a film that glistens with opulence, color, and light, but underneath it all there's just as much filth and decay as in Scorsese's other films. It also shows his amazing display to draw upon his influences to create something wholly unique and original.
If "The Last Temptation of Christ" was the consummation of what Martin Scorsese does, this is the pinnacle of what he can do as a traditional filmmaker. Every component of moviemaking is drawn to perfection here. My doubts are melancholy and earnest that Hollywood may never again create this kind of film on such a large budget and epic scale.