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.
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This was like what "cigarettes and coffee" was for fiction films. Not much happens but you are glad people like this exist and you def can feel Scorsese 's deep kinship to this fast talking New Yorker! She would be the best dinner guest.
Imagine having a conversation with one of the smartest people on the planet. I love everything about her. She should have statues made of her. Her comments on the AIDS epidemic were particularly touching.
Some of what she says about New York, turning cities into museums, and going into the TV are on-point, but there's something repelling about how willing she is to succumb to the lowest of vices--sloth, judgment, gossip, provincialism--and package herself into a persona for consumption, full of canned soundbites for college speeches.
Even though it does feel that Mrs. Lebowitz almost stands above the movie itself giving me a feeling that Scorsese has not put too great effort in making it, the bits and pieces of Lebowitz stories and speeches are purely genius and, in fact, accounts for the name of the movie since Fran Lebowitz is not only this bright, admirable person but also she is damn good in communicating these greats thoughts out to people.
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. Potent.