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Public Speaking (2010)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Martin Scorsese
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Credited cast:
James Baldwin ... Himself (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 Ivo Juhani ... Himself
Gary Keating ... Maître D'
Fran Lebowitz ... Herself
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 Jack Paar ... (archive footage)
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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. Written by Anonymous

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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La parola a Fran Lebowitz See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,260, 27 February 2011

Gross USA:

$62,173

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,173
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1 March 2011 | by angry127See all my reviews

I watched this movie because I saw Martin Scorsese directed it. I've seen just about every piece of film he's captured. I never read any of Fran Liebowitz's books or her essays. The movie is called public speaking as though Liebowitz were a good example of it, but she seems to be demonstrating the opposite. I'm not sure how you can be so smug and still be a good public speaker. Generally, you have to speak differently in public than you do in private. After all, its a different audience. Liebowitz seems to be talking the same way someone would if they were in a date situation. The whole movie you kind of feel like you are being held hostage by this unbearable woman who feels (incorrectly) as though you are clinging on to her every word.

This may be a problem with many of the humorists located in New York. I'm proud to say I'm not from New York although I know many people from there. It seems to me their main problem is that they live under the assumption that they know absolutely everything, while knowing nothing. This would be a great convention to live your life by if you were a sociopath. Since no one of consequence would be the only people present, when speaking in public.


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