It seems only Scorsese saw this, quite plain but potentially interesting concept of a three 40-something minute shorts on New York, as an opportunity for a new and intriguing look at Big Apple, as Coppola tried out a bunch of ideas he probably had in store, that together didn't come out as a cohesive narrative or a decent plot even, and Allen pretty much does his usual, not so inspired, routine.
3.5 Scorsese's segment is truly outstanding and Woody's is fun; Coppola's middle section gets a bad rap, but its focus on the lives of rich 12 year olds is actually quite amusing and well-done; the biggest flaw lies in how its low-key approach upsets the rhythms of the other two. Perhaps most importantly, witness the holy trifecta of cinematographers on display here: Almendros, Storaro & Nykvist!
Scorsese's interpretation of the NY art world seems to be cliche but funnily on the spot!Constant gaze and graze of the camera is perfect to depict the young hot muse fetish of the old & famous (tortured) male artist. Coppola's story probably is based on semi-Eloise semi-daughter Sofia.It's the weakest film in the bunch but I understand the snob but naive girlish approach. Woody Allen's part is just brilliantly anal.
I'm not surprised that Scorsese's narcissistic male fantasy (with its defensive and pandering satire failing completely) receives endless praise while Coppola's segment—a parable that explores the inner life of a young girl—is dismissed as trivial. Such a reception typifies the critical acceptance and privileging of the male gaze.
Marty's movie is incredible Woody's is pretty absurd and enjoyable Coppola's is seriously some of the worst garbage ever committed to film YOU MUST WATCH LIFE LESSONS, the first film here by Scorsese. Foreshadows a lot of the techniques he'd use throughout the 90s and just a great story with terrific performances. 5 STARS
Putting Coppola's unwatchable segment aside, Allen was (as always) very true to himself and his mommy issues by showing what his comedy is really about, and Scorsese told an interesting and quite introspective tale on an obsessed artist even though it'd have worked better as a punch line for something greater. In the end, only Allen seems to thoroughly understand what a segment is really about.