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Public Speaking -- A feature-length documentary on writer and social commentator Fran Lebowitz.


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A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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James Baldwin ... (archive footage)

William F. Buckley ... (archive footage)

Truman Capote ... (archive footage)

Pau Casals ... (archive footage)

Candy Darling ... (archive footage)

Serge Gainsbourg ... (archive footage)
Ivo Juhani ... Himself

Gary Keating ... Maître D'

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself (also archive footage)

Oscar Levant ... (archive footage)
Thelonious Monk ... (archive footage)

Toni Morrison ... (archive footage)

Conan O'Brien ... Himself (archive footage)
Eugene O'Neill ... (archive footage)
Jack Paar ... (archive footage)
Dorothy Parker ... (archive footage)
S.J. Perelman ... (archive footage)

Pablo Picasso ... (archive footage)

Cole Porter ... (archive footage)
Lisa Robinson ... (archive footage)

Charlie Rose ... (archive footage)
King Carl Gustav of Sweden ... (archive footage)

James Thurber ... (archive footage)

Alex Trebek ... (archive footage)

Gore Vidal ... (archive footage)

Andy Warhol ... (archive footage)

Theodore Bouloukos ... Himself (uncredited)
Sean Dillon ... Jeopardy! Contestant (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Produced by
Margaret Bodde .... producer
Jenny Carchman .... supervising producer
Graydon Carter .... producer
Erin Edeiken .... associate producer
Chris Garrett .... associate producer
Ted Griffin .... executive producer
John Hayes .... executive producer
Fran Lebowitz .... producer
Martin Scorsese .... producer
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... producer: Sikelia Productions
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Damián Rodríguez  (as Damian Rodriguez)
David Tedeschi 
Makeup Department
B. Cohen .... makeup
Meghan Taylor .... additional makeup
Production Management
Alan Lowe .... post-production supervisor
Christopher Surgent .... production consultant (as Chris Surgent)
Kim Surowicz .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Harris .... boom operator
Bret Johnson .... sound re-recording assistant
Danny Michael .... sound
Peter Miller .... sound
Mark Roy .... sound
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
Paul Banks Tirone .... sound re-recording assistant
Samuel Miille .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastián Almeida .... assistant camera
Matt Blades .... grip
Michael Buck .... grip
Patrick Capone .... camera operator
Archangelo Ciotti .... grip
Andrea Cronin-Souza .... electrician
Paul Daley .... gaffer
Jeremiah Dalton .... grip
Jack Donnelly .... camera operator
John W. Duvall .... grip
Kevin Flynn .... grip
Rick Gioia .... assistant camera (as Richard Gioia)
Carlos Omar Guerra .... camera operator
Alonso Homs .... digital imaging technician
Linda Kallerus .... assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Daniel Keck .... assistant camera
Patrick McGrath .... grip
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer
Chris Norr .... camera operator
Keith Putnam .... digital imaging technician
David Regan .... assistant camera (as Dave Regan)
Frank Rinato .... assistant camera
Lisa Rinzler .... additional photography
Tristan G. Sheridan .... gaffer
Timothy Smith .... grip
David S. Tuttman .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate project manager
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate colorist
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Alan Lowe .... assistant editor
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Location Management
Suk Yi Mar .... location manager
Music Department
Joe Rudge .... music clearance supervisor
Other crew
Gregory Antonopoulos .... production assistant
Mike Cahill .... production assistant
Zrinka Devic .... production assistant
Marlon Dunbar .... accountant
David Foxley .... assistant: Graydon Carter
Lisa Frechette .... assistant: Martin Scorsese
Richard Giannotti .... production assistant
Barbara Gregson .... additional clearances
Allen J. Grubman .... legal
Barbara Hasselman .... accountant
Chiemi Karasawa .... script supervisor
Christine Murphy .... accountant
Allison Niedermeier .... production associate
Dan O'Halloran .... post-tape operator
Matthew Petock .... production assistant
Charles O. Prince .... legal
Brett Rader .... intern
Anthony Rotunno .... assistant: Graydon Carter
Ann Marie Roubal .... accountant
Annie Salsich .... intern
Lawrence Shire .... legal
Edward Sorel .... mural at the waverly inn
Erik Sorensen .... production assistant
Robert A. Strent .... legal
Adriano Valentini .... production assistant
Marc Balet .... very special thanks
Ralph Brescia .... special thanks
Steve Castellano .... special thanks
Red Charyszyn .... special thanks
Grover Crisp .... special thanks
Alisa DeRosa .... special thanks
Chris Donnelly .... special thanks
Mark Dowley .... special thanks
Ari Emanuel .... special thanks
Don Fleming .... special thanks
Blair Foster .... special thanks
Charlotte Gainsbourg .... special thanks
Eddie Gorodetsky .... special thanks
Maarten Kooij .... special thanks
Catherine Laignel .... special thanks
Louis Licari .... special thanks
Sara Marks .... special thanks
Fabienne Martin .... special thanks
Mark McElhatten .... special thanks
Helen Morris Scorsese .... very special thanks
Toni Morrison .... very special thanks
Esther Newberg .... special thanks
Tiffany Nishimoto .... special thanks
Jimmy Paul .... special thanks
Lisa Robinson .... very special thanks
Karen Thorsen .... special thanks
Steve Turner .... special thanks
Matt Ullian .... special thanks
Emil Varda .... special thanks
Rick Yorn .... very special thanks
Deane Zimmerman .... special thanks

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Let's Talk, 24 March 2011
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

The main character of Public Speaking, the latest Martin Scorsese documentary/profile, is conversation. Only he is a little too fidgity visually (and why not, he's friggin Scorsese after all) to stay in one spot on a subject like Louis Malle could do with Gregory and Shawn with 'Andre'. Indeed Scorsese, while obviously being the one spoken to along with another person, by humorist/author Fran Lebowitz, she lets her mind and mouth, moving and thinking always as she speaks very fast but eloquently, let's that be the driving force of the film. He'll occasionally cut to a scene or something to demonstrate what she might be talking about, or something surprising like an old commercial from the 1950's or (gasp) footage from his own Taxi Driver to show what the streets of NYC in the 70's were like.

Lebowitz is the figure of the film, and if you can find her interesting and funny then you're good to go already. The crowd I saw the film with at a limited engagement in NYC was perfect to see it with: not too large, but totally in tune with her way of wit. Her attitude should be presumptuous and pompous - she's one of those who says "I'm right about everything!" - but she's right about enough stuff, and funny about it, that it's alright. She goes through a lot of topics, mostly about herself and how she came to be from a woodsy NJ background to one of Andy Warhol's not-quite pop-stars ("It was a joke!" she says of his whole concept of superstardom), how she gained some fame as a writer, and then slacked off for many years, and of course Feminism, politics, etc.

I was surprised how taken I was with her way of thinking and speaking, as I had never heard of her before watching the film. Scorsese moves things along at a fast pace but never where it's too fast, and we get to know this person by the end of a sorta dinner-conversation (though there's no food and no drink outside of water). The editing style, though mostly rather standard for the director (mostly cutting shots of close-ups and mediums of Lebowitz), is most on fire when he cuts to the clips, such as one between two older men on a 1968 TV show where the discourse becomes nasty very quick. What drew me in ultimately though, as much as it was Lebowitz being a charming (almost in spite of herself) figure, was how intelligence just radiates in the film and a quest for knowledge that is pertinent. You want to know about her, from her, whatever it is, and that's fascinating.

It's a conventional expose of an unconventional woman - that is, unconventional from today's standards of stupidity, ignorance, and corporate defeat. She's someone you might want to have a coffee with, if she could tolerate *you* first, or ultimately visa-versa.

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