Life Lessons

Directed by Martin Scorsese, USA, 1989

Screenplay by Richard Price

Cinematography by Nestor Almendros

Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker

Production Design by Kristi Zea


Nick Nolte as Lionel “the Lion” Dobie

Rosanna Arquette as Paulette

Steve Buscemi as the performance artist Gregory Stark

Jesse Borrego as Reuben Toro

Patrick O’Neal as Lionel’s agent


“A Whiter Shade of Pale,” “Conquistador” by Procul Harum

“Nessum Dorma” (None Shall Sleep) from Turandot by Puccini

“Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

“Politician” by Cream

“The Right Time” by Ray Charles