Pretend It's a City

Pretend It's a City

Pretend It's a City

Docuseries on New York City icon, the wry writer, humorist and raconteur Fran Lebowitz. From Martin Scorsese.

"For decades, the critic and essayist has been expressing her opinions, sometimes grouchily, always riotously. A New Yorker to the core, Lebowitz has raised straight talk to an art form, packaging her no-nonsense observations about the city and its denizens into a punchy running commentary, one that spares nobody." (Official synopsis)

2021USANetflix
Documentary

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
8 January 2021

Pretend It’s a City

Meet Fran Lebowitz and join her on her rambles as she muses about deadly distractions, Times Square terror, subway stoppers and total building fails.

EPISODE 1.2
8 January 2021

Cultural Affairs

The mysteries of talent are scrutinized as Fran looks at the peril of writing, the joy of Motown and the time Charles Mingus chased her on the street.

EPISODE 1.3
8 January 2021

Metropolitan Transit

Mean cabbies, arty subway stations, interstellar tourism and spacey bus drivers can get Fran going. Then Leonardo DiCaprio offered her an e-cigarette.

EPISODE 1.4
8 January 2021

Board of Estimate

It's a living: Fran hates money but loves things, so she must work — though she prefers to read. Winning the lottery may be her only other option.

EPISODE 1.5
8 January 2021

Department of Sports & Health

Knowing that some are annoyed that she's still alive, Fran understands that smoking is bad for you. "Wellness" and sports sound even worse to her.

EPISODE 1.6
8 January 2021

Hall of Records

Fran's all about fun — guilty pleasures, not so much. Just give her a party, a movie, a small child or a luminous Cary Grant. You can keep technology.

EPISODE 1.7
8 January 2021

Library Services

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.

Pretend It's a City / Reviews

IndieWire

IndieWire

This is Scorsese’s version of forwarding you an email with a link and insisting that, trust him, you just gotta read it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A tribute to two things Scorsese loves, Fran Lebowitz and New York City, and that affection is contagious for much, if not quite all, of its running time.

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Decider

Decider

Lebowitz is hilarious, and Scorsese captures her humor, as well as her love of New York City, very well.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Lovingly admiring, if slightly unchallenging...

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CNN

CNN

Yields its share of amusing thoughts and wry observations, many of which are worth recording for posterity. But it would take a great pretender to act like it's worthy of the time devoted to them.

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Variety

Variety

Nothing that Lebowitz says in it does more than provoke, and that's a reflex that fades with overuse.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Scorsese sets the jumping off points and Lebowitz leaps with often hilarious, reckless abandon.

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