Arguably one of Martin Scorsese's best films.
We all live in a kind of hieroglyphic world. We never express what we really think or believe in. We just use some arbitrary signs to represent those ideas and thoughts. That's something we all do.
According to Scorsese, The Age of Innocence is his most violent film. Yes, the director of many artistic, over-the-top violent films like, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Casino said that. Then how so? Well, it gotta be. When you notice the struggle between the characters' physical and emotional selves, you know it IS violent. The way they are repressing themselves and their deepest desires to fit into society's 'decorum' is brutal.
It’s painful to watch it on screen. But who are we kidding? Isn’t that we all do? Don’t we all try to blend in sometimes? Well, Newland Archer is in every one of us, to a certain extent.