New York New York

Taking Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro from their first meeting after VJ Day, film proceeds slowly and deliberately through their struggle to make it as a band singer and saxophonist and as a marriage in which her voice is early acclaimed while his music is ahead of its time. The two are making it pretty good until her pregnancy sidelines her.

With:
Liza Minnelli Robert De Niro Lionel Stander Barry Primus Mary Kay Place Georgie Auld

Taking Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro from their first meeting after VJ Day, film proceeds slowly and deliberately through their struggle to make it as a band singer and saxophonist and as a marriage in which her voice is early acclaimed while his music is ahead of its time. The two are making it pretty good until her pregnancy sidelines her.

Though still professing enduring love, the couple breaks up with the birth of the baby and the film lurches forward several years. Now she’s a big film star, banging out the new numbers by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and the 1950s have brought his style into vogue and he’s a big name, too, if not as big as she.

In a final burst from Old Hollywood, Minnelli tears into the title song and it’s a wowser.

[In 1989, an uncut 163-min. version was released on homevideo, including the musical number Happy Endings]

New York New York

Production: United Artists. Director Martin Scorsese; Producer Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff; Screenplay Earl MacRauch, Mardik Martin; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor Irving Lerner, Marcia Lucas, Tom Rolf, B. Lovitt; Music Ralph Burns (sup.); Art Director Boris Leven

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 153 MIN.

With: Liza Minnelli Robert De Niro Lionel Stander Barry Primus Mary Kay Place Georgie Auld

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