Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
May 09, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

New York Stories

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
03/10/89
performer
Woody Allen, Rosanna Arquette, Mia Farrow, Heather McComb, Nick Nolte, Talia Shire, Adrien Brody, Steve Buscemi, Larry David, Illeana Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, Peter Gabriel
director
Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese

We gave it an A-

Three iconic directors, three short films about Gotham. That’s the conceit behind New York Stories (1989, PG, 1 hr., 48 mins.), a collection just out on Blu-ray with vignettes by Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen. I love all three filmmakers, but only Scorsese sticks the landing with his chapter, ”Life Lessons,” starring Nick Nolte as a painter obsessed with his assistant (Rosanna Arquette). Nolte’s as gruff as a cornered grizzly, and Scorsese seems to be having a blast, pouring on stylistic tricks as he cranks up Procol Harum’s ”A Whiter Shade of Pale.” It may be a short film, but nothing about it feels slight. A-

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