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Netflix’s Pretend It’s a City relishes in vicarious conversation between two old friends

By Lucinda Smyth  

Lebowitz—a professional wit. Image: Netflix

There’s a scene in the fourth episode of Martin Scorsese’s Pretend It’s a City (Netflix, out now) which feels like it could be from one of his early films. The setting is a restaurant. Someone is speaking in a loud New York accent to a table of laughing men: “Once, I got robbed in the street in Beekman Place I mean of all the places—and I tried to persuade him not to rob me. In New York. Was I crazy?” The camera pulls away to show a pool table in the foreground. In the background, the speaker can still be heard and…

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