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Pretend It's a City: Limited Series (2021)
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Pretend It's a City is a wonderful tribute to New York City and the art of conversation. Don't miss it.
This can't help but feel more of a curio than a passion project for either of its main contributors... Still, those who share either of this pair's love for the city or their views on its gradual evolution will likely enjoy the opportunity.
"Pretend It's a City," Martin Scorsese's six-part documentary appreciation of Fran Lebowitz, is more than merely delightful, although it's certainly that. It's also something of a historical document.
Across its seven episodes, the director converses with the author about all manner of things that irritate and inspire her. Scorsese sets the jumping off points and Lebowitz leaps with often hilarious, reckless abandon.
Is there anything more delightful than watching Martin Scorsese enjoy someone? One of the best things about his new documentary series, Pretend It's a City, is getting to see the filmmaker react to his subject.
Directed -- with obvious pleasure -- by Martin Scorsese, Pretend it's a City is a thoroughly enjoyable engagement with the witticisms, dismissals, and irascible philosophy of Fran Lebowitz. The only blood spilt here is metaphorical.
[Fran Lebowitz is] a direct heir to the writer Dorothy Parker... hilarious. [Full review in Spanish]
Despite casting arias of boomer philosophy, Martin Scorsese's exploration of New York is propelled by Fran Lebowitz's incisive observations.
I could really use a good laugh. Well, in this series...you're eating, living and laughing with these people...boy can Fran talk, mostly in the form of sardonic quips...
The series I've most enjoyed recently is largely about two old friends sitting around talking...
Hearing Lebowitz hold forth on everything from sidewalk etiquette to the avarice and sheer stupidity of New York politicians is a sweet and sour delight. I loved it.
Audience Reviews for Pretend It's a City: Limited Series
2d agoRandom ramblings of a not very funny woman, while Martin Scorsese laughs uncontrollably on the sidelines. Not particularly funny or even interesting.
6d agoFran Lebowitz's brilliant wit and Martin Scorsese's filmmaking talents pair to create a fascinating look at New York City (among other things). Lebowitz is effortlessly interesting and could have talked for two more hours without boring me.
6d agoA very interesting documentary that probably would not have been enjoyable without the help of Scorsese. Fran Lebowitz is a very unique person that I would argue is incredibly self involved and self centered. This of course does not mean the show is bad, in fact quite the opposite. You don't watch Wolf of Wall Street to be taught how a human being should act, or look for a role model, so why should you here? It's a interesting documentary about a interesting person living in a interesting city. Overall, it's not enlightening about any issues and doesn't even contain that memorable of philosophy, yet it's very enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone in quarantine who are missing their friends and need to watch a show that simulates a one sided conversation. This show is a one sided conversation that tricks you into thinking that your a part of it, and I'm all for it. Edit: The farther I've gotten into the series the more and more I'm liking it. It's synonymous with alcohol, it's bitter on your first time, and great on your fifth.
Jan 20, 2021Obnoxious! Im so cool that I know NY better then you. New York and California need to slip into the ocean. The world doesn't revolve around NY.
Jan 19, 2021Terrible. She has no talent other than talking. She laughs when she thinks she's clever. Another celeb being a celebrity with no talent.
Jan 17, 2021I've always liked her writing...and I like this movie. She's witty and I enjoyed hearing Scorsese laugh. It's clear these two have great camaraderie. I also liked the editing, music etc.. My only negative comment is the fact that Ms. Lebowitz, like all Jersey girls, has the habit of saying "you know" at least once in a sentence. It's distracting, you know? I share the same trait and a similar birth locale..Philly. I've been trying to rid myself of this habit. Now I will remember to try harder.
Jan 17, 2021Love it. Love her. She kept me laughing throughout the show with her brilliant observations and quirky personality.
Jan 16, 2021Fran Leibovitz gives New Yorkers a bad rep. Not all New Yorkers have her "greater than thou attitude." She's a walking cliche who hasn't published anything in over twenty years. I never know why she is so glorified outside of her friendship with Warhol and Toni Morrison. But her presence turned me off to the series. I'm still annoyed.
Jan 13, 2021Funniest woman ever!
Jan 12, 2021Muy entretenida siempre resulta esta mujer judía nacida en 1950 en EUA y "criada" en Nueva York. Con 70 años sigue dando de que pensar, a pesar de algunas contradicciones en su vida. Inteligente, sagaz, sarcástica, amena y directa. El programa lo lleva ella sola pues Scorsese poco hace y el resto son fragmentos de entrevistas con otras personas. Divertido y entretenido.