• A few instances of portraits showing nudity and/or breasts occur throughout the film.
  • No sex scene show in this movie,but couple of picture nudity show.
  • Some passionate kissings.
  • Minor sensuality – Archer kisses Olenska and rests his head on her lap. Sitting alone in a carriage, man unbuttons woman’s glove, spreads it apart and sensually kisses her wrist.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


I remember when I first saw the age of innocence, I was extremely disappointed with Martin Scorsese. Like most people, I thought that the great director had exhausted the rush of blood when shooting taxi driver, and could only do his best to miss a pale triangular relationship in the shackles of gorgeous, elegant and rigorous. At that time, when preparing for GRE, my overly sensitive eardrum heard the words on the “Red Treasure Book” frequently appear in the protagonist’s dialogue, so my central friend helped transcribe the story of more than two hours from VCD to tape, so as to deepen the memory of those rare words. Today, the GRE has already finished. In fact, that tape didn’t help much, but it has become one of my favorite recordings. How many times in the dead of night, I lay in the bed of the dormitory and listened to those familiar sentences repeatedly, with thousands of feelings in my heart.

In the upper class of New York in the 19th century, people indulged in superficial flashiness. Listening to the conversation at dinner parties and dances is how elegant, but how tasteless. As the heroine Allen said, people don’t need tears here, just pretend. In this hypocrisy, the hero Newland Archer appears in a low, tolerant and uneasy voice. He lowered his voice and said hello to his fiancee and the people around him, just as he restrained his attitude towards life and succumbed to the whole new York, but a slight sigh in the opera house had already exposed his inner restlessness. His fiancee may Welland responded cheerfully. As soon as you hear it, it comes from the mouth of a young and beautiful woman. It is crisp and pleasant, but it has a little affectation, just like an artificial pearl. It is exquisitely carved and flawless, but at the same time, it can’t touch the bottom of people’s heart due to the lack of natural flexibility. She introduced her cousin, Countess Alan Olenska. Then a Mezzo Soprano voice came out. It is one of my favorite female voices so far. It is mature, magnetic, playful and sentimental. It is a voice full of trauma but still full of hope for life.

New York, abstracted as a dignified social oppressor, she categorically rejected Allen, a woman who wanted to divorce and change her fate with the gossip of all her people. Throughout the film, the voice of New York is gossip. New Yorkers have no secrets. Through various channels, everyone knows everyone in New York always knows everyone. Men talked about Allen’s cohabitation with the count’s secretary, while women attacked her in a more superficial and dignified tone, from name to residence, from dress to behavior. There was only one voice that refused to participate in the rumors of persecution of Alan, and that was Newland. He and she are the alternative of New York and the voice of freedom. They understand and laugh at people’s cold faces under gentle manners. In the bustling New York, two lonely souls finally feel warm when rubbing their shoulders with each other. Newland and Allen fell in love uncontrollably. Unfortunately, their voices are too weak. For the family’s reputation and Mei’s happiness, they silently restrained all this development. I’ll never forget what Alan said to Newland–

“I can’t love you until I give you up!” Only when I give up you can I love you

I thought it was cool, so I remember. Until one day, when I met the person I fell in love with, when we were in the most difficult situation, when I thought I would lose him, this sentence suddenly flashed in my mind, which realized how desperate Allen was at that time.

Newland married may and became another beautiful and separated couple in New York. It was precisely because of giving up that he became more and more eager for Allen and her pure love and understanding. New York is like a big net, let them meet again and again, miss again and again, between the interleaving of rumors and whispers. Wearing earplugs, I thought I was at the center of this whisper, with no hiding place and no knowing what to do.

Allen decided to return to his European husband. At the last farewell banquet, the whole new York was brutally monitoring the “disgraceful” lovers with a laughing attitude. Under such surveillance, Newland could not reveal anything. Even when he offered to take Alan home, he was robbed by others. He only pretended that he would go to Europe to see her soon. Alan smiled and said:

“Oh, if you and may could come…”

If you just watch a movie, this seemingly ordinary answer will be drowned in colorful images. Only by listening, can you happen to find the unusual. Every time I heard this, I was moved by the deep sigh and trembling behind her words. I know she’s actually saying goodbye, my love. Before Newland knew it, Alan already knew that he could not go to Europe, because may had used the trap of pregnancy to stifle their possibility of escaping elsewhere. Mei’s voice was trembling because she was lying, or she was fighting for her future in her own way. May won the war because she owned New York, that is, she had the backing of social forces represented by New York, while Allen had only herself. So may tied Newland to her death and let him play the role of a good husband and father, while Alan had to die alone.

May and others regard Allen’s Europe as a hypocritical, conservative and oppressive world of human nature, and believe that their New York represents “all good things”, freedom, equality and love. However, in fact, New York is also a well decorated cage. What she asks is the same as others, but what she refuses is different. Newland’s only comment on Allen is “she is different”, which is Allen’s most valuable temperament and the real reason for her exclusion, whether in Europe or New York. On her wedding trip to Europe, may is still a popular favorite surrounded by noble men and women, because there is no difference from New York. As for the Frenchman who talked to Newland at the dinner table, may first said that he didn’t pay attention, and then implicitly said, “isn’t he a little… Common?” Literally, she asked the man if he was a little ordinary. Newland and the audience could hear the literal meaning. It was saying, “is he too… Poor?” This is may, Europe and New York. Only Allen could see through all this clearly, so when Newland offered to run away with her, she said softly–

“Where is that country? Have you ever been there? …… There is no place for us. ” Where is such a country? Have you ever been there?… there is no place for us anywhere

I don’t know how many times I heard it, I finally understand that Scorsese is still shooting the theme in taxi driver, that is, how to fight the whole society. In those years, he let Robert De Niro use violence as the way, and decades later, he asked Daniel Day Lewis to use love as the way. But I don’t know whether it’s mature or aging. Now, in Scorsese’s world, apart from resistance, it’s more about bearing and tolerance. Newland gave up Allen three times in his life. For the first time, he restrained his love and married may. For the second time, because may was pregnant, he couldn’t go to Europe to meet Alan. For the third time, Newland, who was old, had come to Allen’s window, but he still walked away quietly. So far, Scorsese disarmed the armed resistance to the society in the form of giving up, and he began to bear it calmly.

The casting of the film was very successful. The three stars Daniel Day Lewis, Mitchell fayver and Winona Ryder not only fit together, but also have skilled acting skills. Their voices complement the character characteristics of the characters in the play. Winona Ryder’s voice is very consistent with Mei’s character and her face. There is a kind of glass like crystal, which is more transparent than crystal, but it also lacks the natural texture of crystal.

Dai Lewis’s voice is slightly nasal, which is becoming deeper and deeper. It is the perfect unity of knowledge and sensibility. Listen carefully. On various social occasions, he appeared in a calm, decent but alienated voice. When talking with Mei, his voice was kind and sweet, but after artificial treatment, it was also contaminated with a little affectation. When he lied to Mei, the morpheme suddenly got up, covering up the uneasiness on his face, but not his inner irritability. Only when he was alone with Alan did he let his vocal cords rest. It was a real laugh, a real relaxation and joy, a burst of talent and deep feeling, like the sea at high tide, full of emotion and care.

If you have a moving voice, even if you are not so young and beautiful, it is enough to make people love. That’s the case with Mitchell feiffer. She is not young. She can see the fine wrinkles in the corners of her eyes from the screen, but in the world of sound, she is the queen who fascinates me. Only a woman with such a voice can express Allen’s pride and sadness. Later, in the story of us, I was moved by her voice again. A few minutes of monologue at the end of the film made me cry again and again.

A while ago, when the TV station broadcast the age of innocence translated into Chinese, I suddenly found that the film without the original sound was so unbearable. Only when the familiar background music sounded, my heart surged again. Close my eyes, I seem to hear the overlapping voices of Newland and Allen, blurred into a harmonious mix. I seem to see the vast sea of people blocking Newland. He can only silently look at Allen’s independence in the sunset. He can’t go to her at last.

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