New York, New York

New York, New York

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A musician meets and falls in love with a lounge singer, at the end of World War II.
Edition: Thirtieth anniversary second-disc edition widescreen.
Branch Call Number: NEW
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (163 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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ManMachine
Apr 03, 2015

I know that some people consider New York New York (NYNY, for short) extraordinary. OK. Fine. But, you can bet, Bazooka Joe here ain't one of 'em. No way.

When NYNY was first released, back in 1977, it was a super-staggering 4 1/2 hours in length. At present NYNY has a lengthy enough running time of 2 1/2 hours, which, to be sure, is unbearable enough as it is.

Directed by Martin Scorsese (of all people), NYNY may, in fact, be a super-duper, splashy-dashy musical extravaganza alright, but, by the same token, I found its story to be so utterly insipid that it quickly put me off completely even before I realized what was happening.

Set in 1945, during the "Big Band Era" - NYNY amounted to being nothing more than a total "rags-to-riches" story with lots'n'lots'n'lots of musical interludes thrown in for good measure.

Insufferably arrogant Saxophonist, Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro), and infuriatingly naive VSO Singer, Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli), a couple of typical "nobodies", meet in (where else?) New York on V-J Day at the end of WW2. These 2 bozos end up loving a little, bickering a lot, but most of the time spending their lives apart, just clawing their own way to the top of the heap, as "wannabe" big-time celebrities.

This relationship between Jimmy and Francine was so irritatingly strained and rocky at times that it all got real tiresome, real fast.

And, how was I feeling after watching this gruelingly-long picture? Well, let me tell ya' - I was certainly not in any "New-York-State-Of-Mind" by the end of it, that's for sure - No way - I mean, it was more like a splitting head-ache state of mind, if you wanna know the truth about it.

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dabra
Jul 07, 2014

really long movie 2 1/2 hours, to long! good acting in this classic movie.

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