- The Age of Innocence (film)
name = The Age of Innocence
caption = original movie poster
Martin Scorsese Jay Cocks
Daniel Day-Lewis Michelle Pfeiffer Winona Ryder Joanne Woodward Geraldine Chaplin Richard E. Grant Miriam Margolyes
Barbara De Fina Bruce S. Pustin
October 1, 1993
runtime = 139 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget = $40,000,000 (estimated)
amg_id = 1:119008
imdb_id = 0106226
"The Age of Innocence" is a film directed by
Martin Scorseseand starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeifferand Winona Ryder, released in 1993 by Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the book of the same name by Edith Wharton. The film was given an Academy Awardfor Best Costume Design.
Newland Archer (Day-Lewis), an affluent lawyer in 1870s
New York, is engaged to May Welland (Ryder), a beautiful but conventional socialite. Newland begins to question the life he has planned for himself after the arrival of May’s cousin, the exotic and sophisticated Countess Ellen Olenska (Pfeiffer). Ellen is seeking a divorce from her abusive husband, a Polish count, who has made her a social outcast and greatly displeases her family, who are afraid of scandal. As Newland grows to care more and more deeply for Ellen, having convinced her not to press for a divorce, he becomes increasingly disillusioned with the society to which he belongs and the idea of entering into a passionless marriage with May. The question at this point, is whether he will follow society's dictates, or his heart? The film, closely following the book, gives no simple answer.
Much of the film, particularly those scenes set in the home of Mrs. Manson Mingott (May's and Ellen's grandmother), was filmed in the Paine Mansion on 2nd Street in
Troy, New York. The building, known locally as "The Castle", is the home of the Alpha Tau chapter of the Pi Kappa Phifraternity, chartered to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Martin Scorsese would again direct Daniel Day-Lewis as a character from 1800s New York City, but as a gangster rather than an
aristocrat, in " Gangs of New York".
Daniel Day-Lewis: Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer: Countess Ellen Olenska
Winona Ryder: May Welland
Joanne Woodward: Narrator (voice)
Alexis Smith: Louisa van der Luyden
Geraldine Chaplin: Mrs. Welland
Mary Beth Hurt: Regina Beaufort
Alec McCowen: Sillerton Jackson
Richard E. Grant: Larry Lefferts
Miriam Margolyes: Mrs. Mingott
Robert Sean Leonard: Ted Archer
Siân Phillips: Mrs. Archer
Jonathan Pryce: Rivière
Michael Gough: Henry van der Luyden
* Stuart Wilson: Julius Beaufort
Barbara De Fina, Bruce S. Pustin
Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese
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