During her childhood, Fran was amazed by the power of books. Today, she still is, and can't imagine ever throwing a book away. But her love for books doesn't stop her from being selective about which...
Pretend It's a City : A Brilliant Showcase for New York and Fran Lebowitz
Two weeks ago, I had no idea who Fran Lebowitz was. Pretend It's a City caught my attention because I learned that it was produced and directed by native New-Yorker Martin Scorsese, who also stars in the Netflix limited series. In it, he "interviews" Lebowitz and captures her opinions about various subjects, from public transportation to cinema and literature.
Whether you agree with Lebowitz or not, it is delightful to hear her stories and opinions. Her discourse has the definition of wit written all over it. She dissects the world around her in a different and interesting way, and never hesitates to express what she thinks. That does not make her pretentious or self-righteous ; in fact, she recognizes and accepts when valid arguments contradict her stance on something, as shown in her debate over sports with Spike Lee in the fifth episode.
No one captures the essence of New York quite like Martin Scorsese. The city has never looked more beautiful than it does in this miniseries, but, more importantly, Scorsese makes it feel more alive than any other filmmaker I have encountered ever did. From the music to the lighting, everything has that distinct New York vibe, and I am here for all of it.
This limited series will slip under a lot of people's radars because of its nature, but I believe that people who do elect to watch Pretend It's a City will be delighted by the experience. It may be content for a niche audience, but I am glad that Netflix promotes these types of projects. Consider this a strong recommandation from me.
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