New York Stories

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The omnibus film New York Stories is the product of three powerhouse filmmakers. The film is divided into three stories, each exploring a different aspect of life in the Big Apple. Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorcese, is a Dostoevsky-like tale of the rarefied Art World, with Nick Nolte as a self-indulgent abstractionist who loves Rosanna Arquette, but can't bring himself to lie to her about her negligible artistic talents. Life Without Zoe, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is more than a little reminiscent...
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The omnibus film New York Stories is the product of three powerhouse filmmakers. The film is divided into three stories, each exploring a different aspect of life in the Big Apple. Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorcese, is a Dostoevsky-like tale of the rarefied Art World, with Nick Nolte as a self-indulgent abstractionist who loves Rosanna Arquette, but can't bring himself to lie to her about her negligible artistic talents. Life Without Zoe, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is more than a little reminiscent of Kay Thompson's Eloise stories, with 12-year-old Zoe Heather McComb running amok at the Sherry-Netherland hotel while her parents are embarked upon a world-girdling vacation. The last and is Woody Allen's Oedipus Wrecks, wherein a schnooky lawyer guess who? inadvertently "creates" the Jewish Mother From Hell: thanks to a misguided magic trick, Allen's mama the incomparable Mae Questel becomes a huge spectral vision on the New York skyline, telling everyone within earshot about her son's inadequacies. The cinematographer lineup on New York Stories includes Nestor Almendros, Vittorio Storaro and Sven Nykvist.
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Editorial Reviews

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Probably the greatest flaw of this generally enjoyable attempt to revive the omnibus film, once a staple of the auteur-heavy French New Wave, is that little unifies its three segments other than a common location. Had Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Francis Ford Coppola gotten together to collaborate in, say, 1974, chances are they could have put into focus the new generation of American filmmakers emerging at the time, however different their approaches. But by 1989, filmgoers were already well familiar with each director; consequently, New York Stories feels more like an excuse to dabble in short-form filmmaking than any sort of statement. Of course there's nothing wrong with that, as the film proves. Scorsese's Life Lessons allows him to explore a story too claustrophobic and tightly focused to warrant a feature-length treatment, but it makes for a haunting portrait of a doomed relationship memorably set against the booming '80s' New York art scene. Sandwiching the weakest bit in the middle, the cleverest aspect of Coppola's inconsequential kid's-eye-view of New York Life Without Zoe is the pun in its title. (Coppola's legendary, failed production company was named American Zoetrope.) Allen's film, Oedipus Wrecks, not only has a better pun, but reveals itself as one of Allen's most outright funny efforts in years, feeling like a decade of suppressed mother jokes unleashed all at once and allowing the worthwhile, if never quite overwhelming, film to end with a bang.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • UPC: 683904630933
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mill Creek Ent
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 9,422

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Lionel Dobie
Rosanna Arquette Paulette
Heather McComb Zoe
Patrick O'Neal Phillip Fowler
Jesse Borrego Reuben Toro
Talia Shire Charlotte
Woody Allen Sheldon Mills
Mia Farrow Lisa
Mae Questel Mother
Julie Kavner Treva
Steve Buscemi Gregory Stark
Giancarlo Giannini Claudio
Peter Gabriel Himself
Illeana Douglas Paulette's Friend
Paul Herman Clifford, the Doorman
James Keane Jimmy
Don Novello Hector
Selim Tlili Abu
Carmine Coppola Street Musician
Carole Bouquet Princess Soroya
Marvin Chatinover Psychiatrist
Jessie Keosian Aunt Ceil
George Schindler Shandu the Magician
Bridgit Ryan Rita
Edward I. Koch Himself
Samantha Larkin
Ira Wheeler Mr. Bates
Michael Rizzo Waiter
Larry David Theater Manager
Martin Rosenblatt Citizen
Helen Hanft Citizen
Annie-Joe Citizen
Jodi Long T.V. Interviewer
Nancy Giles T.V. Interviewer
Mike Starr Hardhat
Bill Moor Mr. Lilly
Tom Mardirosian Hasid
Jenny Nichols Lundy
Adrien Brody Mel
Michael Higgins Robber
Chris Elliott Robber
Thelma Carpenter Maid
David Cryer Suit
Paul Geier Suit
Mark Boone Jr. Hank
Paul Mougey Guy at Blind Alley
Deborah Harry Girl at Blind Alley
Victor Argo Cop
Brigitte Bako Young Woman
Kirsten Dunst
George Rafferty Squiggy
Richard Price Artist at Opening
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Francis Ford Coppola Director, Screenwriter
Martin Scorsese Director
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
The Coconuts Score Composer
Carmine Coppola Score Composer
Sofia Coppola Costumes/Costume Designer, Screenwriter
August Darnell Score Composer
Barbara de Fina Co-producer
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Fuchs Co-producer
Steven W. Graham Production Designer
Robert Greenhut Co-producer
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Jack Rollins Producer
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Barry Malkin Editor
Susan E. Morse Editor
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Richard Price Screenwriter
Nina Ramsey Set Decoration/Design
Fred Roos Co-producer
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Elizabeth Shelton Costumes/Costume Designer
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Kristi Zea Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What do you get from 3 great directors?

    You get Scorcese, Allen, and Copolla making short vignettes about lifestyles in New York City. Copolla co-wrote his Life Without Zoe with his daughter Sophia. This is a Copola family venture with many of the cast being Copolla ancestors. The story is about a rich girl living in the Sherry Netherlands Hotel sipping margueritas and hanging out with other fortunate kids. Yes, they are kids-a mere 12 years old. The closest they get to commoner life is by being ''grabbed'' by some homeless (and faceless as the film points out)man who is trying to get food. This is self indulgence at it's most obvious. Woody is very funny with this tale about a domineering Jewish mother. It turns out she was right all along and everyone lives happily ever after. Ok, its more complex than that since it is Woody. The best of the 3 vignettes would have to Martin Scorcese's one about the time honored painter who lives with his assistant. He, played by Nick Nolte is still in love with her, played by Rosanna Arquette. She is basically fed up with his control and lack of honesty when it comes to her own artistic endeavors. Look for Peter Gabriel (who was dating Rosanna at the time) in a few cameo spots. He later went on to work with Marty on the sountrack to the film The Last Temptation Of Christ. 4/5 for Woody, 4.5/5 for Marty, 3/5 for Francis. Averages out to be quite good and worth owning or renting. Keep in mind this is Full Screen only which is crazy considering that this title was released on dvd in 2003.

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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