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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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Cast

 
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

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
Richard Gioia .... assistant camera
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
 
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
Suk Yi Mar .... location manager
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
 
Thanks
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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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Nice Interview from Scorsese, 23 November 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Public Speaking (2010)

*** (out of 4)

This HBO documentary caught my attention because Martin Scorsese's name was attached to it so that alone was reason enough for me to order the station. The so-called documentary is more like an intimate interview with writer Fran Lebowitz who is best known for her books Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. She's also known for her rather dry wit as well as her sometimes outspoken views on race, life and writers in general. This latest documentary from Scorsese really isn't a film that tries to teach you anything. I'll admit that I had never heard of Lebowitz so perhaps I was in a disadvantage going into this film but in the end I really don't think I learned anything about the woman. That's not to say this film isn't educational but I think it's main goal was just to showcase the woman and not necessarily give us her life story. We briefly hear her talk about her early life, her days in NYC and various things she did before she became famous but we usually hear these parts as they connect to something else. Lebowitz talks about people who feel that NYC was better before it became a tourist attraction. We hear her talk about the good that came from Obama being elected and the joke is that it was good simply because we don't have to keep wondering when the first black President would be elected. She gives her views on why writers should know something. We hear about smokers, people who write books when they shouldn't and of course she touches on a wide range of subjects. Lebowitz is shown at a couple public speaking events and she's also interviewed by Scorsese and another man sitting at a table. Did this film make me interested in Lebowitz? It did to a point but I don't think I'm going to be a life long fan thanks to the film. As usual Scorsese does a nice job and I really enjoyed the way he edited the piece by jumping from one interview to the next and constantly keeping everything going at a fast pace. The film runs 82-minutes and there's quite a bit covered in the rather short running time. Again, I'm sure Lebowitz has many die-hard fans out there and I'm positive they're going to love seeing her in an intimate session.

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