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"Public Speaking" is a feature-length documentary in the vein of "American Boy" and "Italian American." The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues featuring Fran Lebowitz with archival footage.The effect is a portrait of Fran's worldview and experiences.
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© Rialto Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Public Speaking" is an ode to the art of conversation, and it's a delight."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Fran's sardonic humor is appealing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In Scorsese's hands, the film, propelled along by Lebowitz' voice, becomes a wistful tribute to the New York City of the '70s"
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Because Scorsese is not a Continental sophisticate like Malle, but an American boomer pop artist, Lebowitz's forays into ideas and history are not his forte."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"By the end of this funny, insightful doc, you get a sense of an extraordinary mind that both fueled and fed the zeitgeist. Don't miss it."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Little seems sacred in Public Speaking, which makes it an invigorating reminder of a media culture that once was fueled by highbrow wit and provocation."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"We catch only glimpses below the surface of this whirlwind of wit as Scorsese steps out of the way and lets Lebowitz herself run the show."
‑ Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine
"One of the greatest movies based around talk of all time."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"The quick-witted malcontent, a Morristown, New Jersey, refugee who arrived at Port Authority in 1969, is the best kind of New Yorker: one with a long memory who's averse to nostalgia."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"...[a] amber-lit, relaxed bar-stool hangout of a documentary."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"...that rare film that delivers truly intelligent, original entertainment, with all credit to Lebowitz."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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