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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence is so provocative, so passionate and so unique that we are entranced by everything from the acting to the opulent sets and clothing. Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer have such a breathtaking and tacit (Implied but not expressed – is one of the things that adds to the lovers tension and makes the scarcity of actual love scenes more steamy) chemistry that we are captured as if reading one of those good romance novels that has you holding your breath.

 

Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is one to challenge conformity in a very structured and up tight society. Little does he know of the later ramifications that his miniscule enjoyment of supposed autonomy will lead into…

 

So the story begins in an opera house prodigiously grand and filled with prodigiously kowtow beings. Amongst the crowd sits the lawyer Newland Archer with his casual acquaintances, not really paying as much attention to the opera as to who is in the opera house. Sitting in a private box in the far left corner of the room is Newlands placid and insipid (somewhat surreal) fiancé May Welland (Winona Ryder) so seemingly spotless and unblemished as to worldly wiles. Come to join the group of ladies is May’s long estranged cousin from overseas Countess Ellen Olenska – separated from her husband and recently alighting in the states seeking solace.

 

To skip a lot of plot and summarize the story, we have a breathtaking and touching narrative about two people in love, but clamped in the omnipotent vice of peer pressure and the unchallenged conformist air that encompassed their worldly being. For although Countess Olenska (Pfeifer) seeks solace, all she finds is a cage. This is where Newland (Lewis) comes in for the two of them are in this cage together and the tension is purely spectacular…

 

I would say to buy this film, period.

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