Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
The name of the magician character in Woody Allen's segment "Oedipus Wrecks", Shandu the Great, was similar to the name of the trickster, Shandar the Magician, referenced in Allen's early movie Broadway Danny Rose (1984). See more »
I have to pick up my assistant at the airport. I don't know why she can't take a cab like everybody else.
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Coppola's segment introduces cast and crew members only by their first name during the opening titles. See more »
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.
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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