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The Age of Innocence Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

In [[Performer~P110533~Martin Scorsese~martinscorsese]]'s adaptation of [[Performer~P218866~Edith Wharton~edithwharton]]'s 1920 novel, romance between an upper-class gentleman and an ostracized lady is doomed by 19th century New York society. Shortly after his engagement to blandly genteel May Welland ([[Performer~P62446~Winona Ryder~winonaryder]]), Newland Archer ([[Performer~P17559~Daniel Day-Lewis~danieldaylewis]]) is reacquainted with May's scandalous cousin Ellen Olenska ([[Performer~P56469~Michelle Pfeiffer~michellepfeiffer]]). As the head of an esteemed family, Archer initially uses his standing to try to rehabilitate Ellen's reputation, but he finds himself increasingly drawn to her disregard for the codes of New York manners. Bound by ingrained society mores and his peers' insinuations, Newland tries to dodge his growing passion by rushing his marriage to May, but he cannot keep himself from confessing his love to Ellen. Recognizing that Newland could never abandon his sense of honor and be happy, Ellen pushes Newland to May and leaves town. The marriage proceeds as dictated, but when Newland unexpectedly sees Ellen again, he yearns for the affair to come to fruition. However, he underestimates not only what May knows but also her ability to uphold the rules of propriety. Sumptuously shot by [[Performer~P80547~Michael Ballhaus~michaelballhaus]], the film offers meticulously designed costumes and settings that evoke a culture as seductively beautiful in its surfaces as it is stifling in its rituals. Unspoken emotions are expressed through such details as yellow roses or a clipped cigar, a fade to red or a single camera move. Using [[Performer~P218866~Wharton~edithwharton]]'s original prose to comment on the setting's hypocrisies, [[Performer~P117305~Joanne Woodward~joannewoodward]]'s voiceover narration suggests how much decisive power is buried beneath dainty femininity. The Age of Innocence received five Oscar nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Ryder and Best Screenplay for Scorsese and Jay Cocks, and a win for Best Costumes. Although The Age of Innocence seemed like a departure from Scorsese's prior work, Newland is as much at the mercy of his circle's Byzantine structure (and his own conscience) as are Scorsese's more familiar mobsters; Newland's persecutors just wear white tie and tails. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:September 17, 1993

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Cocks Best Adapted Screenplay 1993 Nominee
National Board of Review Martin Scorsese Best Director 1993 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 1993 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Martin Scorsese Best Director 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Scorsese Best Adapted Screenplay 1993 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Miriam Margolyes Best Supporting Actress 1993 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Miriam Margolyes Best Supporting Actress 1994 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michelle Pfeiffer Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Winona Ryder Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1993 Winner
National Board of Review Winona Ryder Best Supporting Actress 1993 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Winona Ryder Best Supporting Actress 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Winona Ryder Best Supporting Actress 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elmer Bernstein Best Score 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dante Ferretti Best Art Direction 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gabriella Pescucci Best Costume Design 1993 Winner

Cast

Daniel Day-Lewis
as Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Ellen Olenska
Winona Ryder
as May Welland
Miriam Margolyes
as Mrs. Mingott
Richard E. Grant
as Larry Lefferts
Alec McCowen
as Sillerton Jackson
Geraldine Chaplin
as Mrs. Welland
Mary Beth Hurt
as Regina Beaufort
Stuart Wilson
as Julius Beaufort
Sian Phillips
as Mrs. Archer
Michael Gough
as Henry Van Der Luyden
Alexis Smith
as Mrs. Louisa Van Der Luyden
Norman Lloyd
as Mr. Letterblair
Jonathan Pryce
as Monsieur Riviere
Carolyn Farina
as Janey Archer
Robert Sean Leonard
as Ted Archer
Domenica Scorsese
as Katie Blenker
Joanne Woodward
as Narrator
June Squibb
as Mingott Maid
Thomas Gibson
as Stage Actor
Tracey Ellis
as Gertrude Lefferts
Charles Scorsese
Patricia Dunnock
as Mary Archer
Howard Erskine
as Beaufort Guest
Brian Davies
as Philip
Claire Bloom
Martin Scorsese
as Photographer (uncredited)
Catherine Scorsese
Henry Fehren
as Bishop
Clement Fowler
as Florist
Thomas Barbour
as Archer Guest

Crew

Martin Scorsese
Director
Barbara de Fina
Producer
Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter
Jay Cocks
Screenwriter
Edith Wharton
Book Author
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Thelma Schoonmaker
Editor
Dante Ferretti
Production Designer
Speed Hopkins
Art Director
Jean-Michel Hugon
Art Director
Bruce S. Pustin
Co-producer
Joseph P. Reidy
Associate Producer
Robert Franco
Set Designer
Gabriella Pescucci
Costume Designer
Syd Dutton
Special Effects
Bill Taylor
Special Effects
David M. Dunlap
Camera Operator
Ellen Lewis
Casting
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