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2,737 Ratings

The Age of Innocence

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1993


An adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel. Set in the social high ranks of New York in the 1870s, a proper gentleman falls in love with an exotic socialite. In the face of her current divorce, he settles for her dull cousin as his consolation bride.

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The Age of Innocence Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1993 | 2 wins including: Elvira Notari Prize

Academy Awards

1994 | Winner: Best Costume Design

1994 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1993 | 3 wins including: Best Director

BAFTA Awards

1994 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1994 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Some of the strongest passages find Scorsese and the cinematographer Michael Ballhaus’s camera sweeping through immense rooms, inhaling opulence and character activity as Woodward coolly recites Wharton’s sentences dissecting the denizens. Through this analytical distancing, Scorsese achieves a Barry Lyndon–like sense of rueful detachment.
August 06, 2018
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Scorsese’s momentous style is harnessed for a less masculine and more formalized approach. For me, The Age of Innocence is Scorsese’s opus. It’s his most emotional and most expressive movie, at least as wrenchingly personal as the films that made his name, finding power at its loudest in the eloquent silence of heartbreak.
June 21, 2018
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Unlike those of many of Scorsese’s films, the verbal confrontations of The Age of Innocence aren’t followed by physical violence, which can clear the air for the characters and the audience, serving as a kind of emotional orgasm. Wharton created a world that thrives on innuendo and subtext, which Scorsese informs with his own neurotic maximalism.
March 21, 2018
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