Watching: The Age of Innocence

Winona Ryder as May Welland in The Age of Innocence (1993)

No, I haven’t (yet – but I plan to!) read the book (it won a Pulitzer Prize), but I recently went back and watched 1993’s The Age of Innocence for the first time in years, and I’m wondering why it took me so long.

An Oscar-winner for the gorgeous costumes, and an Oscar nominee for a bunch of other things (including Winona Ryder’s portrayal of the innocent but manipulative May Welland), I enjoyed revisiting this one.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer Winona Ryder as May Welland in The Age of Innocence (1993)

I was eleven when the movie first came out, so I definitely think I appreciate it more now.

Set in New York’s Gilded Age – which also happens to be the setting of a favourite book series of mine – this is the story of a man who is engaged to a perfect society girl but falls in love with her older, more sophisticated cousin.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Ellen Olenska in The Age of Innocence (1993)

Also starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer, this is one for people who come to this blog for the historical fiction and romance reviews. Just don’t expect rainbows and bows at the end!

You can watch a hi-res version of the trailer here, but it looks a little dated, as many 1990s trailers now do. Don’t let that put you off.

More screenshots here.

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