The Age of Innocence

Film, television and theatrical adaptations

  • In 1924, a silent-film adaptation was released by Warner Brothers. Directed by Wesley Ruggles, it starred Beverly Bayne as Countess Olenska and Elliott Dexter as Newland Archer.[19]
  • In 1928, Margaret Ayer Barnes adapted the novel for the stage. It was produced first on Broadway, where it starred Katharine Cornell as Countess Olenska.
  • In 1934, a film adaptation was directed for RKO Studios by Philip Moeller (based on both the novel and the play), starring Irene Dunne as Countess Olenska, and John Boles as Archer.
  • In 1993, a film adaptation, The Age of Innocence, was produced. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it starred Michelle Pfeiffer as Countess Olenska, Daniel Day-Lewis as Archer, and Winona Ryder as May Welland Archer, with Richard E. Grant and Miriam Margolyes. Ryder won a Golden Globe Award for her performance, and the film won an Academy Award for costume design.
  • In 2009, an episode of the television teen drama Gossip Girl titled "The Age of Dissonance" was broadcast. The episode loosely follows the plot of Wharton's novel as reimagined in the series' New York of the mid-to-late 2000s.
  • In 2018, a stage adaptation by Douglas McGrath starring Sierra Boggess and Boyd Gaines was produced by The Hartford Stage and McCarter Theatre.

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