The director's latest documentary 'Pretend It's a City' follows writer and longtime friend Fran Lebowitz through New York City
After The Irishman, Martin Scorsese is returning to Netflix with a surprise documentary revolving around best-selling author and humourist Fran Lebowitz.
The documentary would feature conversations between the duo as they berate and admire a pre-Covid New York City. “It would take one subway ride for the Dalai Lama to turn into a lunatic, crazy person,” Lebowitz jokes in the trailer.
Ten years ago, Scorsese collaborated with essayist Fran Lebowitz for the HBO series Public Speaking, which led to an enduring friendship between the two. The author also made a cameo appearance in the director's 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street.
Fran Lebowitz, born and bred in New York City, is the best selling author of "Metropolitan Life" and "Social Studies".
Aside from previously directing documentaries on Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Elia Kazan, and the Rolling Stones, Scorsese is next set to direct a documentary about New York Dolls frontman David Johansen.
The synopsis of Pretend It's a City reads:
"Fran Lebowitz knows what she likes — and what she doesn’t like. And she won’t wait for an invitation to tell you. 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.
Shaping Lebowitz’s thoughts into the furiously funny guidebook every New Yorker has at one point wished for, “Pretend It’s a City” checks in with a classic urban voice on subjects ranging from tourists, money, subways, and the arts to the not-so-simple act of walking in Times Square. (There is a right way to do it.) Along the way, Lebowitz’s own past comes into focus: a life marked by constant curiosity and invigorating independence."