THE BEST MOVIES OF 1993

1 The Age of Innocence. Movies, and movie critics, so regularly champion the audacious, the reckless, the most, that an achievement like Martin Scorsese's & with this impeccable adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel may be overlooked. The plot brings together a gentle man (Daniel Day-Lewis) and a worldly woman (Michelle Pfeiffer). But the true subject is reticence, its charms and perils -- the mannerly, orderly life that most of us try to live. Tiptoeing through the plush parlors of old Manhattan, the film finds ecstasy in the kissing of a lady's wrist, and heartbreak in a sigh. This, then, is...

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