A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.
Around the time the movie was made and released, lead actors Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were in a personal relationship, which had started around 1980. See more »
[Seeing a patrol car with two policemen in it]
Kiss the driver on the mouth. Then we'll talk.
[Disbelieving the request and laughing nervously]
Come on, and show me how much you love me.
[Shaken and laughing nervously. After a pause]
What if I do? Huh?
Then I'll know your love is true, and if you don't, your name is King Bullshit, and I pack.
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Coppola's segment introduces cast and crew members only by their first name during the opening titles. See more »
Allen's was hilarious, Scorsese's was interesting, Coppola's was unnecessary
"New York Stories" tells three tales of the Big Apple. Martin Scorsese's "Life Lessons" shows artist Lionel Dobie (Nick Nolte) trying to assess his relationships with people, Francis Ford Coppola's "Life without Zoe" shows a very mature girl, and Woody Allen's "Oedipus Wrecks" is about Sheldon Mills (played by Allen himself), a man who quite literally cannot get away from his mother.
I have to say that Scorsese did a very good job looking at troubled relationships, and Allen shows how hard it is to have certain kinds of people as parents (of course he often shows that). But Coppola's segment was so dull that I choose not to even write about it. But don't worry; the movie is overall really good, and we should assume that it really sucks to be Allen's character, given what happens in that segment.
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