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New York Stories - 1989

Segment Three - Oedipus Wrecks
New Yorker Geschichten

Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 84 minutes

Film Synopsis

This Disney / Touchstone Films anthology contains three short films from three different directors: Martn Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen. The third segment, which is Allen's, is about a guy whose life is made miserable by his embarrassing and manipulative Jewish mother. Deep down he wishes for her to just dissappear. Instead, an unknown force grants his wish, only to make things worse.

Main Cast

  • Woody Allen .... Sheldon
  • Marvin Chatinover .... Psychiatrist
  • Mae Questel .... Mother
  • Mia Farrow .... Lisa
  • Molly Regan .... Sheldon's Secretary

Film Remarks

Three views of life in the city of all cities comprise this film, with segments directed by Woody Allen, Francis Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. The best of the three is "Life Lessons," directed by Scorsese, about an artist (played by Nick Nolte) who uses his hypersuccess to lure beautiful young aspiring artists to serve as his assistant/lovers. The segment is an astute portrait of the nature of the New York art world. In "Life Without Zoe," Coppola portrays the life of the privileged Zoe, the daughter of a world-renowned flutist, whose adventures on the Upper East Side (in the upper echelons of society) play like something approaching a cartoon. Woody Allen finishes up the film with his ""edipus Wrecks," a typical Allen number about a successful New York lawyer who's still hounded by his mother--the title tells you all you need to know. Though stronger segments to complement Scorsese's would have made this film much more interesting and enjoyable, it does provide an accurate glimpse into this wondrous city and is a must-see for anyone fascinated by New York.

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Budget: $15,000,000 (USA)

$10,763,469 (USA)
Release Date: March 1, 1989 (USA) May 17, 1989 (France), , May 19, 1989 (Sweeden), July 28, 1989 (Finland)

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