This week’s question: films about the Victorian era. That great swath of the nineteenth century has always been attractive to filmmakers, as you can stuff the frame with wondrous period detail while still telling stories that have relevance for today.
The Age of Innocence may have perfected this kind of period drama, a fantastic adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel. Indelibly narrated by Joanne Woodward and with gorgeous costuming, the film stands among Scorsese’s best.
This is what host Richard Peña thinks: “There’s quite a lot to choose from, especially if we start counting literary adaptations. Two that come to find are Jane Campion’s sensitive rendering of The Portrait of a Lady, and Agnieszka Holland’s underrated Secret Garden.”