Interview-style biography of controversial and pioneering stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce. The film traces Bruce from his beginnings as a Catskills comic to his later underground popularity based on his anti-establishment politics and his scatological humor. Well if I was ever in any doubt about Dustin Hoffman's talent this movie truly has put an end to it. I've seen enough footage of the real Lenny Bruce to realise just what a great performance this is. He looks so like Bruce, and the mannerisms are so well done it is hard to think of any way this performance could be improved upon.
The direction and camera work are also superb as is Valerie Perrine's performance as Bruce's wife. It seems impossible to give this less than ten out of ten. Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Visit our What to Watch page. Sign In. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Release Dates.
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Advanced Search Find a Library. The pressures of official harassment, massive quantities of speed and junk, and his own psychoses and self-absorption squeezed the living juices out of Lenny Bruce. He lost his audience and most of his friends. Then the madman died. And now he has been resurrected, an enlarged version of the myth he'd been caught up in and was obliquely courting for those few years: martyred underground hero, burning star across the long American night, harbinger of the "New Morality," the Counter Culture's John the Baptist.
And he's a million dollar property. A paperback primer entitled The Essential Lenny Bruce sells all over the country. In it his routines and schticks are broken down into handy categories, Lenny on "Politics," "Blacks," "Jews," etc. He's been packaged into a trivial musical comedy that aims to sell a ridiculously romanticized "Lenny. S PEISER'S play has two scenes; the first, a recreation of a Bruce nightclub performance in the late fifties when his imaginative and expressive powers were at a peak; the second a finely imagined dramatization of Lenny's "performance" in court at his last obscenity trial.
Speiser opens with a version of Bruce's fantasy on "pissing-in-the-sink" a single fused word for the common yet forbidden or once-forbidden act. Lenny actually only created this routine in the sixties when he'd lost the easy-going winsome style and had become a wired and often menacing showbiz kamikaze. But the piece is great, and, as Speiser runs it down, what's immediately thrust on you besides the pleasure of belly laughter is the recognition that no matter how good an actor he is, you can't naturally play a fifties audience.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. The bulk of the material captures Bruce before an audience at the Peacock Lane club in Hollywood circa January of as well as Ann's in San Francisco in April of the same year.
As Bruce 's legacy supports, he took on all topics and subjects with equal measures of wit and unapologetic candor. The story is picked up as the addict horn player is in the process of being hired by a very famous bandleader aka Lawrence Welk , whose name had to be excised due to potential lawsuits.
Other standouts are the brilliantly conceived and executed parody named "The March of High Fidelity," in which hi-fi enthusiasts are depicted as fetishists who use junkie jargon and exhibit addictive behavior. Bruce delves into what he describes as "poetry in jazz" with the linguistic bit of psychedelic word association "Psychopathia Sexualis.
Bruce chides that it's hard to hate someone who bombs a flight that "only kills 40 people. The Hollywood-ification of "Adolf Hitler and the M. President Dwight D. Bruce 's keen BS detector and "follow the money" acumen hit upon major faith-based organizations decades prior to the PTL and subsequent fallout in the televangelism community.OCLC Number: Notes: Humorous monologues, performed by the author. Notes by Grover Sales in container. Compact disc. "Volume 1 (FCD) pairing Interviews of our times (Fantasy ) and The sick humor of Lenny Bruce (Fantasy ); Volume 2 (FCD) pairing Togetherness (Fantasy ) and Lenny Bruce--American (Fantasy )"- .