June 12, 2012
Mill Creek Entertainment
- Runtime: 108 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
A feature-length film consisting of three separate shorts directed by Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen. The stories are linked only by the fact that they are all set in New York City and show three very different facets of New York life.
Scorsese's "Life Lessons" is the bittersweet tale of an aging Abstract Expressionist painter whose young live-in girlfriend and artistic protege decides to leave him just as he's preparing for an important gallery opening. Tired of living in the shadow of her famous lover and disappointed in her own lack of artistic talent, the girl torments him with tantrums and brazen acts of infidelity as the painter furiously attempts to fill his canvases in time for his show.
Coppola's "Life Without Zoe" is a candy-coated look at the life of a poor little rich girl who resides alone at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel under the care of a butler while her neglectful parents flit around the world. Zoe attends fanciful parties with other fabulously wealthy children and becomes involved in the search for a pair of missing diamond earrings that eventually reunites her with her parents.
"Oedipus Wrecks" is Woody Allen's comic nightmare about a 50-year old man still suffocated by his over-bearing Jewish mother. When she disappears mysteriously one day, he thinks his troubles are over -- until she reappears as a giant apparition looming in the sky above Manhattan.
A wildly diverse trilogy about life in the big city. Titles include "Life Lessons," "Life Without Zoe," and "Oedipus Wrecks."
Estimated budget of $15 million.
Shot on location in New York City in Panavision. Color by Technicolor; prints by Metrocolor.
Began shooting April 4, 1988; completed shooting October 1988. Originally released in New York City March 1, 1989 at one theater; wide release throughout the USA March 10, 1989. Released on video January 24, 1990.
Opening, non-competing film of the Cannes Film Festival May 11, 1989. Shown at the Munich Film Festival in the International Program June 24-July 2, 1989.
Additional credits for "Life Lessons": Lionel Dobie's paintings by Chuck Connelly, loaned by Lennon/Weinberg Gallery; Paulette's artwork by Susan Hambleton, loaned by Trabia-MacAffe Gallery. The Holly Solomon Gallery provided assistance. The performance piece was written and performed by Steve Buscemi.
Former Mayor Edward I. Koch appeared as himself in "Oedipus Wrecks."
Titles for "Life without Zoe" provided by Colossal Pictures; EFX Unlimited provided the optical effects for "Life Lessons" and Life without Zoe."
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
Copyright Touchstone Pictures.