Pretend It's a City: Limited Series (2021)


Limited Series
Pretend It's a City

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If Pretend It's a City can't quite live up to its central duo's creative clout, it's still a delight to see their love for their city - and one another -- in full bloom.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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User Ratings: 27

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 8, 2021

Writer Fran Lebowitz riffs on the moments of distraction she encounters during a day of work as well as architectural mishaps across New York City.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2021

Fran examines the pitfalls of a writing career alongside her passion for Motown music and her run-in with Charles Mingus.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2021

Martin encourages Fran to reminisce about her encounter with Leonardo DiCaprio, the cruelty of some cab drivers, and the prospect of vacationing in space.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2021

Fran muses over her passion for reading and woes of pursuing a career.

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Fran tears into the gimmicks of wellness experts and divulges her philosophies on personal health.

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Martin asks Fran to discuss her guilty pleasures in life.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2021

Books opened up the world to young Fran. Today, she can't throw a volume away - but she will trash the writer of a glowing blurb for a lousy tome.

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Pretend It's a City: Limited Series Videos

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Wander the New York City streets and fascinating mind of wry writer, humorist and raconteur Fran Lebowitz as she sits down with Martin Scorsese.

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Critic Reviews for Pretend It's a City Limited Series

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

Pretend It's a City is a wonderful tribute to New York City and the art of conversation. Don't miss it.

Jan 19, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 11, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

"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.

Jan 11, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Jan 8, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 22, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 21, 2021 | Full Review…

[Fran Lebowitz is] a direct heir to the writer Dorothy Parker... hilarious. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Despite casting arias of boomer philosophy, Martin Scorsese's exploration of New York is propelled by Fran Lebowitz's incisive observations.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

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...

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

The series I've most enjoyed recently is largely about two old friends sitting around talking...

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 14, 2021 | Full Review…

The runtime is relentless and the speaker is relentless and the strangers crawling all over New York are relentless and the audience's lust for more minutes is relentless.

Jan 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pretend It's a City: Limited Series

  • 2d ago
    Random ramblings of a not very funny woman, while Martin Scorsese laughs uncontrollably on the sidelines. Not particularly funny or even interesting.
  • 6d ago
    Fran 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 ago
    A 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, 2021
    Obnoxious! 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, 2021
    Terrible. 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, 2021
    I'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, 2021
    Love it. Love her. She kept me laughing throughout the show with her brilliant observations and quirky personality.
  • Jan 16, 2021
    Fran 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, 2021
    Funniest woman ever!
  • Jan 12, 2021
    Muy 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.

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