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Dustin Hoffman stars in this biopic of controversial comic Lenny Bruce. From his humble roots in the Catskill Mountains, Lenny took New York by storm with his confrontational style, making fans and enemies in equal measures. However his life followed the route of other sixties icons, as he was ravaged by drug abuse and clashed with authorities.
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Lenny Bruce was the driving force behind making comedy into the socially challenging medium it is today. The structure is episodes of his life tied together with commentary from his agent, his wife (played by Valerie Perrine), and other important characters in his life. Lenny was one of the original dirty mouthed comedians, but with a point. He was taking on the establishment, and the hypocrisy of contemporary society. He was arrested and tried several times on obscenity charges, for things like using the word c**sucker during a public performance. He also had a problem with drug abuse, largely due to the influence of his addict wife. She was a headline stripper when they met, and he was a young comedian. Bruce died never really seeing the fruits of his passion.
Fosse was an accomplished director, managing to channel some mavericks of his own in the direction of this movie.Read more ›
Lenny's words still have the power to shock in this masterful biopic and Dustin Hoffman shows again why he is one of the most versatile and well-loved character actors of our time. Though he may not be the great comendic talent that Bruce was, this grossly under-rated film is not just about stand-up and Hoffman's understanding of the real Lenny Bruce on and off-stage make 'Lenny' a fascinating look into the life and times of the ground-breaking comic.
Fosse’s film scores particularly well, courtesy of Bruce Surtees’ black-and-white (at times quasi-documentary style) cinematography, in its evocation of the cheap, seedy night-club scene in which Bruce plies his trade, the mood also being enhanced by Miles Davis’ superbly sultry version of It Never Entered My Mind playing on the soundtrack. Dramatically, the heart of the film is the alternately exuberant and self-destructive relationship between Lenny and Valerie Perrine’s sassy, warm-hearted stripper Honey – if anything, Perrine, with this moving performance, was even more deserving of her Oscar nomination than Hoffman.Read more ›
The film/DVD will undoubtedly still shock people as the original Lenny Bruce did and some may even question the film's rating of fifteen for the same reasons.
It is, undoubtedly, a sad tale, a comedian with the ability successfully to entertain audiences with that typically Jewish humour we know from Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Shecky Greene, Red Buttons, Milton Berle and many others but he was not content with that. He pushed his humour far into foul-mouthed satire and social criticism of an extreme variety (as he saw it) and fell foul of the authorities. Unable to prevent himself, determined to assert the right to perform, misguided, in an alcoholic and drug induced haze or just pig-headed (and the film presents all of these, and other motivations at times) he pursues a path that until "One last four-letter word for Lenny: Dead. At forty. That's obscene."
Hoffman played him to perfection and, despite his unattractive features (Bruce not Hoffman), managed to elicit sympathy; the character was ideal for Hoffman, the determined and driven underdog, and he shows why he is now one of the cinemas most respected actors.
The 1974 black-and-white film obviously drew the crowds to the tune of an $11 million gross. It was screened or awarded at the BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globes and Oscar Academy Awards.Read more ›
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Fosse's best film. So classy, artistic and deep. Hoffman in a lifetime performance. A free style that yet doesn't keep us detached from the drama of the character and makes us... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Elleppi
My knowledge of Lenny before watching this was only average and not expecting much the film surpassed my expectations. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. E. A. Dobson
Kupilem ten film tylko dlatego ze sprzedawca poinformowal ze na plycie znajduja sie polskie napisy. Niestety napisow brak, a angielskiego niestety nie znam.Published on 19 Mar. 2015 by Marek Kapron
Never seen this before and was too overly familiar with Lenny Bruce. The film changed all that! Dustin H at his best and a worthwile couple of hours I am glad I sepnt wathing it!Published on 3 Oct. 2014 by J. Colville
I knew Lenny Bruce, knew this guy who shocked the public with his dirty words and was put in jail for it, but the figure of Lenny disappointed me: after a while the only thing he... Read morePublished on 15 July 2013 by Pierre Brewee