New York Stories (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 1989.  Touchstone Pictures, .  Screenplay by , Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , , .  Film Editing by , , .

Three of cinema’s most celebrated directors have collaborated to make this three-in-one experience. The first short is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars as a painter with romantic troubles. It’s an alright story if you can handle listening to “A Whiter Shade of Pale” over and over again. Francis Ford Coppola’s entry, the worst of the three, is a shallow fantasy about a clever little girl who navigates New York City’s social scene in an effort to reunite her divorced parents. The third, and best, is Woody Allen‘s hilarious comedy about a man who loses his mother during a magician’s disappearing act. Instead of reappearing on the stage, his overly pushy matriarch () shows up in the sky, filling the whole expanse with her nagging mug. The experience of this film collection is alternately enjoyable and frustrating.

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