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Public Speaking (2010)

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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »

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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the effect is a portrait of Fran's worldview and experiences. Written by Anonymous

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22 November 2010 (USA)  »

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$6,260 (USA) (25 February 2011)

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$23,458 (USA) (4 March 2011)
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Really nice monologue
14 June 2011 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I didn't know of Fran Liebowitz, a famed New Yorker, Jewish writer, infamous wit. As this documentary starts, she states that "There is no more suitable and potent image/symbol for our time than the image of the blind art collector. [...] I think that sums it up. If you were gonna write just a history of the era, you should call it 'The blind art collector, and other stories'." She talks much, and says a lot. She is really funny and insightful, which I cannot claim that a lot of people are. She keeps going and going, and does claim a lot of air and concentration, so she works for me in small doses. As a documentary, it's all about Liebowitz's speaking and very little else. She's all there is to this, and it's entertaining as well as thought-provoking. She says racism is a fantasy, while sexism is a reality. She speaks out on getting older as well as being young, on writing and talking, on acceptance and hate. Not much on love, though. All in all, totally worth watching.


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