Video Release: October 21, 2003
Rating: PG (MPAA)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 138 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in French, Korean, English, French, English, Thai, English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese
Set in 1870s New York, "The Age of Innocence" examines the tyranny of tradition and family heritage -- and the tragic consequences of breaking society's unspoken rules.
Newland Archer, an upstanding gentleman and partner in a lucrative and conservative law firm, is engaged to the perfect society woman, the pretty and polished May Welland. They are hoping to push forward their wedding date, when Newland meets Countess Ellen Olenska, May's beautiful, cosmopolitan, and scandal-ridden cousin. Ellen, who has resided in Europe and cultivated a more permissive continental sensibility, believes she's found a kindred spirit in Newland. Slowly, the two fall in love, and Ellen entices Newland with the vision of a life not ruled by the rigid guidelines of New York's stuffy upper-crust. But May represents all of the temptations and benefits of wealth, position and propriety. Newland must make the painful choice between a passionate life with Ellen, and a placid, safe life with May -- the life he was born and raised to lead.
Set in New York during the 1870's, more an age of repression than one of innocence, a high society lawyer resigns himself to a passionless marriage. When a ravishing family acquaintance arrives amid the scent of sexual scandal he contemplates acting on his awakened desires. Based on Edith Wharton's Satirical Novel of 1920. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Costume Design.
Most of the film was shot on location in New York City; Troy, New York; the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and the MusTe de Louvre in Paris. Filming began March 26, 1992 in Troy, New York; completed in Paris June 1992. Shot in Super 35 with Arriflex 535, prints by Technicolor. SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Stereo) and Dolby Stereo in selected theatres.
Screened at the 1993 Venice Film Festival, where it received largely unflattering criticism. Notable exception was an Italian Communist daily Il Manifesto, which hailed the film as an indictment of capitalist bourgeois sensibilities.
Released in USA September 17, 1993. Film was originally scheduled to be released last autumn but was delayed in order to allow Scorsese to edit the film to his satisfaction.
Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.
Estimated budget $30-40 million.
Dramaturg by Michael Zelenak; 19th century music consultant David Montgomery; dance consultant Elizabeth Aldrich; and table decoration consultant David McFadden. Ronnie Specter did Michelle Pfeiffer's makeup.
Film is dedicated to the director's father Luciano Charles Scorsese, who died at the age of 80 on August 23, 1993. A former garment worker with an eye for period details, Charles often acted as advisor on his son's movies. He also appeared in brief parts in "Goodfellas," "The King of Comedy," "The Color of Money," "Cape Fear," and Brian De Palma's "Wise Guys." In 1974, Martin produced the documentary "Italianamerican" about his parents Charles and Catherine, married for 60 years. They briefly appear in the train-station sequence featured in "The Age of Innocence."
SEE-ALSO for Best Supporting Actor refers to British Actor Stuart Wilson, who portrays Julius Beaufort.