‘Golden Age’: Cabal & Love in a great place

What distinguishes newcomers from newcomers is often judged slightly differently from the former by the latter. In human history, all Europeans and Americans are descended from Africans – that is, blacks (sorry, AfD). But the ancient people did not like to put their lineage in the Stone Age, but rather after the mass movements from migration to waves of refugees. The only thing that mattered to them was that, like the big dogs, they were in the area before the little ones. Newcomers like George and Bertha Russell – central characters in the historical series “Amazing Age” yet strangers.

Coming decades, if not centuries, after the ancestors of the original families of New York in the 1880s, the Astors and Brooks, Morris, and Thorburns, and especially Van Rijn, regard them as strangers to the primitive upper class—but not to the wealth facing the newcomers; He is not even measured from the city’s richest man. So their account balances will not be wrong, and their ancestors’ traveling companions are wrong.

Finally the Astors or Brooks, Maurice, Thorburn and especially Van Rijn all claim that their relatives reached America on the Mayflower River. The end of the legend. But if whoever says that had already sailed west on the famous pilgrimage, someone from Russell’s house joked with the proud neighborhood, “The Mayflower must have been the size of a White Star Liner.” This means thousands of settlers, not 102 lamentations, who landed in New England on November 21, 1620 to found New York four years later. It is a pity that myths are so seldom interested in the truth.

In turn, a nine-part costume party by the great historian Julian Fellowes can provide a story that gives the post-Civil War golden age of massive economic growth an extra dose of Dallas. With the death of her father – a decorated and penniless general – penniless Marianne Brooke (played by Meryl Streep’s daughter Louisa Jacobsen) flees from Pennsylvania to New York, where she stays with her powerful aunt Agnes van Rijn (Christine Baransky) and quickly becomes the protagonist of the “Romeo” genre. and Juliet” in the transportation industry.

Mayflower’s so-called elite may live on the same block as new railroad tycoon George Russell (Morgan Spector). With no pedigree, she despises him so much that the marriage between his underage daughter Gladys (Taissa Farmiga) and Larry Van Rijn (Harry Richardson) would not be acceptable. To change that, Mama Bertha (Carrie Coon) tries everything to become a part of high society. Alas, in vain – no matter how luxurious tea parties and beginner’s balls may be. Thus follows what Shakespeare would have followed: The Empire strikes back!

If Georg Russell Heinrich Häffenloehr and America in the 1880s had been from Munich in the 1980s, he would probably have trumpeted him with “I excuse you with my money.” Unlike Detail’s glue factory in Ker Royal, Fellowes Railroad in the “Golden Age” buys shares from all of its competitors, unleashing an escalating vortex of wounded pride. And with every passing minute, panic grows in the predatory barn, whose names are terrible carnivores.

Like the Russells and Astors or Brooks and Morriss and Thorburns and especially Van Rijns are ultimately the pseudonyms for the oil, coal or steel legend from Vanderbilt to Carnegie to Rockefeller. The ostensibly well-educated businessmen belong to the wealthy capitalists who ruthlessly subjugate the country and its people while their wives organize sentimental charitable events for widows and orphans. The model previously practiced 52 parts in “Downton Abbey” for this area of ​​tension. Now he’s commuting from Yorkshire to East 61st Street in New York, directing a mix of “Game of Thrones” and “Bridgerton” – the first evident in the opening credits, the second in the beginning of the series.

As usual in re-enacting this historically changing visual force, Julian Fellowes sends his crew to Fifth Avenue, covered in sugar, where the rich and beautiful celebrate their greatness. Not to be silent about racism in those days, black author Peggy (Denny Benton) still writes the script and for gay bigot Oscar heir Ryan (Blake Ritson). Differences in prestige are also embodied in legions of servants, as was once the case in “House on Eaton Place,” while between Romeo Russell (Larry) and Julia Van Rijn (Marian) the middle class in the form of attorney Rex (Thomas Cocquerel) casts a peek.

In the end, though, they’re just accessories to the gang’s somewhat slippery backdrop and the love of the ruthless thief barons and their wives – with two actresses that stand out brilliantly: Carrie Cohn, the star of season three “Fargo,” giving Bertha aspirational elegance quite fragile despite the fact that he You can watch her struggle for respect for hours. And Cynthia Nixon’s aunt (Sex and the City) Ada Brooke upholds the stalemate of inherited meritocracy with touched sympathy, as if she had grown up in the late nineteenth century. all the others? At least they are dressed in great costumes.

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