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View All Videos 1. View All Photos 5. Movie Info. A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the s.
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At the center of the film is Newland Archer Day-Lewis , an upstanding attorney who secretly longs for a more passionate life. Engaged to the lovely but ordinary socialite May Welland Ryder , Newland resigns himself to a life of quiet complacency. But when May's unconventional cousin returns to New York amid social and sexual scandal, Newland risks everything for a chance at true love. Drama , Romance. Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese , Jay Cocks. Nov 6, Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Ellen Olenska. Winona Ryder as May Welland. Richard E. Grant as Larry Lefferts. Alec McCowen as Sillerton Jackson. Geraldine Chaplin as Mrs. Mary Beth Hurt as Regina Beaufort. Stuart Wilson as Julius Beaufort.
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Michael Gough as Mr. Jonathan Pryce as Riviere. Robert Sean Leonard as Ted Archer. Carolyn Farina as Janey Archer. Tracey Ellis as Gertrude Lefferts. Norman Lloyd as Mr. Domenica Cameron-Scorsese as Katie Blenker. Terry L. Cook as Male Opera Singer. Jon Garrison as Male Opera Singer. Howard Erskine as Beaufort Guest. John McLoughlin as Party Guest. Christopher Nilsson as Party Guest. Kevin Sanders as The Duke. Brydon as Mr.
Urban Dagonet. Cristina Pronzati as Countess Olenska's Maid. Clement Fowler as Florist. Cindy Katz as Stage Actress. June Squibb as Mingott Maid. Mac Orange as Archer Maid. Brian Davies as Philip.
Claire Bloom. Thomas Gibson as Stage Actor. Thomas Barbour as Archer Guest. Henry Fehren as Bishop. Patricia Dunnock as Mary Archer. Martin Scorsese as Photographer. Catherine Scorsese. Charles Scorsese. Joanne Woodward as Narrator, the narrator. The Works of Director Martin Scorsese.
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Aug 14, Full Review…. View All Critic Reviews Sep 11, You may have to shrug off your disdain for films about the upper crust of society to watch this one. If you can do that, and if you can patiently allow the story to unfold, you will be rewarded. Director Martin Scorsese is true to Wharton's brilliant novel, and was painstaking in his attention to all of the little details of the time period.
The narration by Joanne Woodward is excellent. At the same time, there is great restraint here, accurate to the morals of the day, but leaving one with a much deeper feeling of the angst involved as a result. The little signals each person in this love triangle send to one another often have great subtlety, yet it feels just as powerful as if they were yelling or screaming. I confess I didn't think any of the three principal actors delivered a great performance - Day-Lewis is a little too morose, Pfeiffer lacks that teeny touch of wickedness, and Ryder's acting is the most suspect, despite her Oscar nomination.
The chemistry between Day-Lewis and Pfeiffer does not seem authentic, but with all of that said, each of them is reasonably good. I think Scorsese was dead on with the tone and this is clearly a labor of love, but I don't think the story needed minutes, and there are some issues with pace which compound the understated action. On the other hand, he gives us some truly wonderful moments, all leading to an ending that is absolutely brilliant, which, just as with the novel, left me with goosebumps. Antonius B Super Reviewer. Mar 20, Watched some of this on tv, and I have to say, this might be the most boring film I've ever seen.
I was seriously fighting to stay awake. Avoid this film unless you want to watch it at bedtime to help you fall asleep. Stephen S Super Reviewer. Her voice is by turns playful, sardonic, ardent, and self-deprecating; the narrative self-assurance and linguistic deftness of the novelist she became is already palpable.
The Joneses were of irreproachable pedigree. Her mother was descended from a good old New York family. If only I had known you were going to call I should have tidied up the drawing-room. The adult Wharton depicted herself as having been alone in her youthful literary preoccupations. But the letters to Bahlmann reveal that the good little governess was a significant mentor, and a greater intellectual companion than Wharton, in her retrospective self-fashioning, cared to remember.
The letters show that Edith seized upon Bahlmann as firmly as the captain of a sailboat in Newport Bay grasps the tiller on a windy day. She sent Bahlmann her own poems, too. Having tried to figure out for herself how fiction works—and having understood her own failures—Edith was able to dissect the novels she read with remarkable insight. All the clap-trap and fol-de-rol and mysticism were too much for me. It must be the vulgarest kind of mind which has to resort to blue lights and tinsel and pantomime to produce any impression.