HBO’s ‘Gilded Age’ gives us a glimpse of our ugly elitism that was then and now | Opinion

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By Tom Deignan Maria Roda left Italy and settled in North Jersey over a century ago, toward the end of America’s so-called Gilded Age, which also happens to be the setting and title of HBO’s latest prestige drama, premiering today. Starring Hunterdon County native Taissa Farmiga, as well as Emmy winner Christine Baranski, “The Gilded Age” was created by Downton Abbey producer Julian Fellowes. So the first few episodes are filled with the feathered hats, proper accents, and stern glares of elite New York in the 1880s, “a period of immense economic change,” HBO notes, “of great conflict between …

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