- New York Stories review by CP Customer
I was expecting better things having seen the directors and cast list. The first one was the most engaging, with Nick Nolte playing a tortured artist in love with his muse. The Coppola story wa 'OK' and the Woody Allen one was just irritating and painful to watch. Rather a waste of good talent all round. Only watch it if there's nothing else on!
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Uneven anthology film.
- New York Stories review by Steve Mason
This anthology film begins with a Scorsese short, which is good, and continues with a Coppola short which is unbelievably bad.
By far the best section is the concluding 40 minutes directed by Woody Allen about a Manhattan lawyer (the director as Sheldon Mills) whose mother is constantly complaining about her son's choices of women. Woody and Mia (his latest, with three children) take her to see a magic show and she is ushered onto the stage, gets in the magic box... and disappears. Woody is ecstatic and finally begins to enjoy life, until mum takes up residence among the clouds above the skyscrapers and berates her son to the whole city. Sheldon's humiliation is complete.
After a couple of serious films, it was great to see Woody back doing straight comedy, and doing it so well. It's a very funny short, a well told gag, even if inevitably slight. Sheldon's's mother only comes down from the sky when he finds a girl just like her. Everybody's happy.
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