We know at least three reasons why you should watch “The Gilded Age”. First, this new drama from Julian Fellows – the man who gave the world “Downton Abbey”. He called the work on the series the fulfillment of his old dream. Its events unfold in the screenwriter’s favorite period in American history – the era of rapid economic growth on the eve of the new century. And at the same time, this is a time of fierce confrontation between the American aristocracy and the nouveau riche industrialists, in whose hands all the country’s financial flows ended up.
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Secondly, – cast. The main role of a young but impoverished aristocrat was played by Meryl Streep’s daughter, model and actress Louise Jacobson. And her wealthy but conservative aunts are Sex and the City heroine Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, The Good Fight). The series also starred Carrie Coon (Gone, Ghostbusters: The Heirs), Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire, Rocky’s Homeland), actress and singer Dane Benton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Taisa Far Donna Murphy, etc. d.
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And thirdly, this is a very beautiful series with luxurious costumes, Victorian-style scenery and chic 19th-century New York mansions. As Fellows noted, it all started then: the rich, who had made a huge fortune in railroads, shipping, coal and copper, moved to New York and began to build palaces on Fifth Avenue. They wanted more and better. Here they encountered the Native American elite, families who had come from Scotland and England 200 or 300 years ago. They lived in modest respectable houses in Washington Square. And “old New York” was not going to cede its power to the newly arrived strangers.
What is The Gilded Age about?
So, 1882, the war between the South and the North is over. After the death of his father, General Marian Brook moves from the provinces to bohemian New York to two wealthy relatives. Aunts Marian belong to the old American aristocracy and do not want to accept the fact that the world is changing, and industrialists are coming to replace the aristocrats. In their opinion, the niece should revolve in their circle, and not communicate with such rootless wealthy upstarts as their neighbors – railroad magnate George Russell and his ambitious wife. The girl finds herself in a world of luxury and wealth, strict rules of high society and intrigues between the “old” and “new” worlds.
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Mark Twain called this era the Gilded Age. The important word here is gilding. This is not a golden age, but a gilded one. What tells us that the main thing was what lay on the surface: the creation of the right image, the appearance of things is necessary. And that was the nature of that era,” Fellows said in an interview. Entertainment Weekly.
The series was directed by Michael Engler (“Downton Abbey”, “Sex and the City”, “Deadwood”) and Sally Richardson-Whitfield (“I Am Legend”, “The Antoine Fisher Story”, “Eureka”, “American Gods”, ” Real woman”).