New York Stories (1989)

2007 #117
Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola & Martin Scorsese | 119 mins | DVD | 15 / PG

New York StoriesAnthology of three shorts, connected only by the New York setting (which, incidentally, may as well be anywhere in all but the last segment).

Scorsese’s Life Lessons opens the film, a tale of an artist and his love for his younger assistant. It’s an alright little drama. Next is Coppola’s dire Life Without Zoe, concerned with an irritating rich little brat and her irritating rich little brat friends (none of whom can act). Mercifully the shortest piece, but its very existence is lamentable. Finally, Allen’s Oedipus Wrecks drags the quality up. It may largely be typical Allen fare (see my Annie Hall review), but it’s quite funny and the fantastical twist halfway through is brilliantly bizarre.

As a whole, then, an unsurprisingly mixed bag.

3 out of 5

The segment Life Without Zoe featured on my list of The Five Worst Films I Saw in 2007, which can be read in full here.

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