New York Stories is a 1989 anthology film; it consists of three shorts with the central theme being New York City, and each short being directed by prominent New York-based film-makers: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.
The parts are:
- "Life Lessons" by Martin Scorsese: A painter struggles with his creative block and with the difficult relationship with his ex, who's still living with him.
- "Life Without Zoë" by Francis Ford Coppola: Follows a schoolgirl who lives in a luxury hotel and tries to reconsole her parents.
- "Oedipus Wrecks" by Woody Allen: A man has a difficult and overbearing mother. She ends up as a giant face in the sky (it makes sense in context).
This film provides examples of:
- Big Applesauce: It's in the title. All three films show the artistic side of the city
- Green-Eyed Monster: Lionel likes to force himself in these relationships to help his art.
- Magic Realism:"Oedipus Wrecks" is the only of the three stories that features a small fantasy element: After vanishing in a stage magician act, Sheldon's mother appears as a giant face in the sky of New York.
- Muse Abuse: Lionel derived his artistic energy from the "Life Lessons" with his assistants. He's looking to do the same thing with different assistant at the end of the story.
- My Beloved Smother: Sheldon's mother, who doesn't approve of his Shiksa Goddess fiance. She becomes an Amazingly Embarrassing Parent when she looms high in the sky, getting all of New York involved in her complaints.
- Pop-Star Composer: Procol Harum's "A Lighter Shade of Pale", Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone".