Cinema: Dissonant Duet

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Directed by MARTIN SCORSESE Screenplay by EARL MAC RAUCH and MARDIK MARTIN

Maybe Santayana had it wrong after all. "Those who cannot remember the past," he said, "are condemned to repeat it." But in movieland, it is those who can remember the past who seem to feel compelled to repeat it. In New York, New York, Director Martin Scorsese recalls the big-band era. His is not the actual historical period, of course; on V-J day, 1945, when the film begins, Scorsese was two, and Scriptwriter Earl Mac Rauch, who devised...

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