TITLE: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE
WRITERS: JAY COCKS AND MARTIN SCORSESE
THE BOTTOM LINE: A gravely beautiful morality play of longing and loss.
In the New York society of the 1870s, Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a true romantic gentleman. He is romantic because he wants to shrug off the opera cape of domestic respectability and follow his heart to hell with the Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). He is a gentleman because, having already declared his love to pretty May Welland (Winona Ryder), he is bound to behave honorably. He knows that when passion and propriety collide, only...