New York’s report card: Watch how Fran Lebowtiz assess New York in new Netflix series

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American film director Martin Scorses is considered as one of the most significant filmmakers in the Hollywood Renaissance era (1965 to 1980s) and beyond. His fictional work has and continues to validate and uplift patriarchy. 

Cultural analyst, columnist and author Fran Lebowitz is an American treasure, valued for her sardonic New Yorker take on life in the States. In 2021 the New York duo has come together to offer audiences a nostalgic look at a pandemic-free New York. 

Titled Pretend It’s a City, the Netflix docu-series is made up of seven parts. In them, Lebowitz makes her way through New York on foot, stopping at some of the city’s most prominent venues to conduct interviews or give talks related to New York’s ongoing transformation.

Filmed before Covid-19 engulfed the city, Pretend It’s a City features the city’s ever-transforming art scene as its most prominent subject. However Lebowitz does not do so without considering transportation, migration, books and money among other markers of life in New York. 

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