When I started paying serious attention to movies, the Voice of the Art for me (as for many others) was Pauline Kael, movie critic of The New Yorker. She stopped working for the magazine in 1991, and so just missed being called upon to review The Age of Innocence, released in 1993. But Kael wrote about Scorcese so often (and so positively) that I’ve been looking for some comments she might have made about the movie, in print or interview. So far, I have turned up only one reference: a brief exchange in a book, Conversations with Pauline Kael. During a 1994 discussion with Evelyn Renold, we find the following:
|Q: I know you weren’t a fan of Scorsese’s Age of Innocence
PK: It was an honest effort, but wrong-headed. I think nothing could be as foreign to his sensibility as Edith Wharton. I mean, he didn’t seem to share her revulsion at those moneyed, vulgar people. He made the dinner look good.
From: Conversations with Pauline Kael edited by Will Brantley, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 1996.