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New York Stories

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Everett Collection

New York Stories

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
Wide Release Date:
03/10/89
performer:
Woody Allen, Rosanna Arquette, Mia Farrow, Heather McComb, Nick Nolte, Talia Shire, Adrien Brody, Steve Buscemi, Larry David, Illeana Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, Peter Gabriel
director:
Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese

We gave it an A-

Three iconic directors, three short films about Gotham. That’s the conceit behind New York Stories (1989, PG, 1 hr., 48 mins.), a collection just out on Blu-ray with vignettes by Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen. I love all three filmmakers, but only Scorsese sticks the landing with his chapter, ”Life Lessons,” starring Nick Nolte as a painter obsessed with his assistant (Rosanna Arquette). Nolte’s as gruff as a cornered grizzly, and Scorsese seems to be having a blast, pouring on stylistic tricks as he cranks up Procol Harum’s ”A Whiter Shade of Pale.” It may be a short film, but nothing about it feels slight. A-

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