The connecting thread in NEW YORK STORIES is locale, namely the New York City setting for three short films by three of America's preeminent filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen. All three films are in different ways concerned with how love affects their
central characters, and all three are predictably stylish. In Scorsese's "Life Lessons," Lionel Dobie (Nick Nolte), a painter, is anxiously preparing for a show of his work. The opening is rapidly approaching when his live-in assistant and lover, Paulette (Rosanna Arquette), announces that their
relationship is over. Scorsese brilliantly demonstrates the seductiveness of art, not only ...