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New York, I Love You

French producer Emmanuel Benbihy refines the concept of his anthology film Paris, Je T'Aime (2006) with this valentine to New York, using recurring characters and interstitial scenes to unify ten segments by different directors, most of them internationally renowned. The project is lush and seductive as a whole, though some segments are especially vibrant; most haunting is the one by Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth), based on an Anthony Minghella story, about an encounter between a fading diva (Julie Christie) and a hotel bellman (Shia LaBeouf) on the Upper East Side. Yvan Attal (My Wife Is an Actress) captures SoHo's edge in the banter between a crass womanizer (Ethan Hawke) and the knockout who isn't buying his shtick (Maggie Q), while Brett Ratner, of all people (Rush Hour, Red Dragon), delivers the funniest and most original segment, about an unforgettable prom night in Central Park.

Credits

Directors:

  • Yvan Attal
  • Allen Hughes

Cast:

  • Carlos Acosta
  • Eva Amurri
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Justin Bartha
  • Jordann Beal
  • Himad Beg
  • Rachel Bilson
  • Orlando Bloom
  • James Caan
  • Kevin Cannon

Writers:

  • Emmanuel Benbihy
  • Hall Powell

Producers:

  • Emmanuel Benbihy
  • Marina Grasic
  • Tristan CarnĂ©
  • Israel Horovitz
  • James C. Strouse

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