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New York Stories (1989)

A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

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Marvin Chatinover ...
Psychiatrist (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Mother (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Lisa (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Sheldon's Secretary (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Ira Wheeler ...
Mr. Bates (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Joan Bud ...
Board Member (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Jessie Keosian ...
Aunt Ceil (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Michael Rizzo ...
Waiter (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
George Schindler ...
Shandu, The Magician (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Bridgit Ryan ...
Rita (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Theater Manager (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Detective Flynn / Clifford the Doorman / Cop (segments "Life Lessons" - "Life without Zoe" - "Oedipus Wrecks")
Herschel Rosen ...
Store Clerk (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Lola André ...
Citizen (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

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One City. Three Stories Tall.

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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Lessons  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,763,469 (USA)
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This movie's segment "Oedipus Wrecks" was one of two 1989 films released in that year directed by Woody Allen. The other film was Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). See more »

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Lionel Dobie: It's art. You give it up, you were never an artist in the first place.
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Coppola's segment introduces cast and crew members only by their first name during the opening titles. See more »

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References Michael (1924) See more »

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Zoe
Written by Kid Creole (as August Darnell)
Performed by Kid Creole and The Coconuts
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22 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Life Lessons"

Nick Nolte plays a Leroy Neimann-style artist living in a New York City Loft and he picks up Arquette promising her "life lessons" Basically, he uses her and spits her out, but there's more to it than just that. Scorcese is his usual brilliant self and Nolte is in a perfectly realized part. Brilliant, though apparently many people didn't think so because they probably can't handle Martin Scorcese's tough style.

The Coppola segment.

The less said about this, the better. I would rather have brain surgery without an anesthetic than see this again.

"Oedipus Wrecks"

The "funny" Woody Allen returns. This is as reminiscent of the best of Allen's "funny films" as it is of his beautifully constructed New Yorker short stories. Mae Questel (the senile grandmother in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl) is his overbearing Jewish mother and him and to tell you anymore about it would ruin the exquisite comic writing and pacing for you. Needless to say, it is a wonderful comic fantasy wrapped in a witty, almost Freudian comic treatise. In other words, vintage Woody!

Thank God for video and DVD for you can bypass the painful parts like that rotten Coppola segment. I only wish I had that had that option when I saw this in its original theatrical run.

And to think that Sofia went on to continue to annoy people on the Silver Screen. For me, her talent is clearly lost in translation.


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