The Age of Innocence, Directed by Martin Scorsese


The Age of Innocence, Directed by Martin ScorseseSince I first discovered the 1993 film a year ago, I’ve watched it after every time I finish rereading the novel The Age of Innocence.

The Age of Innocence, as directed by Martin Scorsese, is a perfect complement to the novel: the film’s so faithful to the book that it serves best as a moving illustration, clarifying how seamless a writer Edith Wharton was: every key conversation is at a fire place, May’s wedding dress is re-worn at the height of her husband’s infidelity, and the time of day Newland falls for his unrequited love has the same sun setting as at his last glimpse of her.

While you may think it odd for Scorsese to direct the passive elegance of The Age of Innocence, Major Dukes noticed that the theme of repressed passion is representative of Scorsese’s most violent works…

2 thoughts on “The Age of Innocence, Directed by Martin Scorsese

  1. Thanks for posting this, I’ve seen that movie maybe twenty times and never noticed some of the things you’ve noted. It’s truly one of my favorite films of all time.

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