Winner of the Academy Award? in 1994 for Best Costume Design
Divided into four distinctive parts, The Age of Innocence begins with a pictorial section which envokes the late 19th century period of the film. This assemblage of impressions includes historical images and literary excerpts which heavily influenced the film"s settings and costume design. Included are paintings by Sargent, Tissot, Whistler, and others; pictures of locations as they were in the 19th century; fabrics and wall papers; etchings from the New York Historical Society; period portraits; cabinet cards; and rich details from Christie"s and Tiffany. These are accompanied by the production images they inspired and informed.
Part II, "The Adaptation," includes the complete screenplay illustrated throughout with production and rehearsal photographs.
Part III, "Sources," is a fascinating inside view by Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese on the evolution of the film, particularly emphasizing the influence of 22 movies, many of them from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, with stills from each movie. The films identified and discussed include Barry Lyndon, Carrie, Detour, Experiment Perilous, Far From the Maddening Crowd, The Heiress, The Innocent, The Leopard, Senso, The Innocents, Jules and Jim, Two English Girls, Letter From an Unknown Woman, Lola Montes, Madame Bovary, The Magnificent Ambersons, Madeleine, The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, The Spiral Staircase, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, and The Tomb of Ligeia.
In Part IV, "Voices," behind-the-scenes revelations from cast and crew reveal the working process behind this dazzling recreation of Edith Wharton"s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.