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REVIEW: Lenny (1974)



Directed By: Bob Fosse
Starring: Dustin Hoffman
Status: Released

Love him or hate him, one cannot deny that Lenny Bruce had a profound impact on the world of comedy as we know it today and nearly 60 years following his untimely death, he continues to shock and amaze with his no holds barred, social & political commentary style of comedy.

Dustin Hoffman does an academy award nominated performance as Lenny in this film. I myself am a huge Lenny Bruce fan and I think that Bob Fosse did the best he could to bring Lenny's humor and sadness, and struggles in life to this film.

Lenny opened doors by saying what he felt was the truth about life and was constantly arrested for words that are used today in comedy clubs and just about everywhere. But he didn't use words to just shock people. He just told the truth.

Definitely a film to own or rent.


Clip: "Dirty But Not Obscene" courtesy: MovieClips

 

 

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  • Yes he was a great advocate agains senership and for freedom of speach. I find it amazing that in a land where people had the right to free speach they could also be arrested for saying a word that was on a list or talking about sexual content in any form.

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  • One more movie to watch thanks to your review :)

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