The Age of Innocence (film)

The Age of Innocence (film)

Infobox Film
name = The Age of Innocence

caption = original movie poster
writer = Martin Scorsese
Jay Cocks
starring = Daniel Day-Lewis
Michelle Pfeiffer
Winona Ryder
Joanne Woodward
Geraldine Chaplin
Richard E. Grant
Miriam Margolyes
director = Martin Scorsese
editing = Thelma Schoonmaker
producer = Barbara De Fina
Bruce S. Pustin
music = Elmer Bernstein
cinematography = Michael Ballhaus
distributor = Columbia Pictures
released = 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 Scorsese and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and 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 Award for 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 Phi fraternity, 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


* Director: Martin Scorsese
* Music: Elmer Bernstein
* Producer: Barbara De Fina, Bruce S. Pustin
* Screenplay: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese
* Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus


Academy Awards

Golden Globes


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