Between the Lines Book Club: Age of Innocence Movie

between the lines book club logoOur book this month is The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton. We will be discussing the book in person on July 27, 2019 at Arden Dimick Library, at 10:30AM.

Martin Scorsese directed an adaptation of The Age of Innocence in 1993. Here’s a short interview in which he discusses making the movie. He was previously known as the creator of The Godfather, so many were surprised to see him taking on a historical novel with no overt violence. Scorsese pointed out that, like The Godfather, The Age of Innocence is about family. He also stated that this is his “most violent film”:

“What has always stuck in my head is the brutality under the manners. People hide what they mean under the surface of language. In the subculture I was around when I grew up in Little Italy, when somebody was killed, there was a finality to it. It was usually done by the hands of a friend. And in a funny way, it was almost like ritualistic slaughter, a sacrifice. But New York society in the 1870s didn’t have that. It was so cold-blooded. I don’t know which is preferable.”

 

 

Here is a trailer for the movie, which I highly recommend:

 

and here’s a clip:

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