New York Stories
One city, three stories tall.
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 21, 1994
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Touchstone Home Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Nick Nolte, Heather McComb & Woody Allen|
|Performer:||Rosanna Arquette, Giancarlo Giannini, Talia Shire, Mia Farrow, Julie Kavner, Samantha Larkin, Chris Elliott & Mae Questal|
|Directed by||Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola & Woody Allen|
|Edited by||Barry Malkin, Susan E. Morse & Thelma Schoonmaker|
|Screenwriting by||Richard Price, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola & Sofia Coppola|
|Cinematography by||Néstor Almendros, Sven Nykvist & Vittorio Storaro|
|Produced by||Barbara De Fina, Fred Fuchs, Fred Roos & Robert Greenhut|
Three views of life in the city of all cities comprise this film, withsegments directed by Woody Allen, Francis Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. The best of the three is "Life Lessons," directed by Scorsese, about an artist (played by Nick Nolte) who uses his hypersuccess to lure beautiful young aspiring artists to serve as his assistant/lovers. The segment is an astute portrait of the nature of the New York art world. In "Life Without Zoe," Coppola portrays the life of the privileged Zoe, the daughter of a world-renowned flutist, whose adventures on the Upper East Side (in the upper echelons of society) play like something approaching a cartoon. Woody Allen finishes up the film with his "Oedipus Wrecks," a typical Allen number about a successful New York lawyer who's still hounded by his mother--the title tells you all you need to know. Though stronger segments to complement Scorsese's would have made this film much more interesting and enjoyable, it does provide an accurate glimpse into this wondrous city and is a must-see for anyone fascinated by New York. --James McGrath
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