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I watched the 1989 anthology film “New York Stories” yesterday and was very impressed by Martin Scorsese’s contribution “Life Lessons”. The irising effects were created with an authentic silent-era iris and are used to wonderful effect in an extended shot of Rosanna Arquette’s foot, a visual motif picked up from Dostoevsky’s “The Gambler”. “Life Lessons” might be one of Scorsese’s best films, and is refreshing in his body of work because it has absolutely nothing to do with the Mafia but still retains much of his refined trademark style: a deft use of music, strong editing and a manic leading actor (Nick Nolte in his prime). Written by Richard Price!

Pardon the awkward cutting and subtitling on these clips, they’re the best I could get on YouTube.


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