YMMV: The Age of Innocence

  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Both the book and film are rife with examples. The "perfect" May is blonde and blue-eyed, the "bad girl" Ellen is dark-haired, and is often described as wearing pink or red—but is later seen in dull colors as she and Archer separate. Archer sends May white lilies, but Ellen gets yellow (more colorful) roses (more romantic) Most notably, on the night before Archer intends to consummate his affair with Ellen, he and May attend the opera—and May wears her wedding dress. The symbolism is cranked Up to Eleven when the train of the dress is caught in the carriage wheel and left torn and muddy. Meanwhile, the film opens with multiple shots of blooming flowers concealed behind a black piece of lace.