Lenny

Lenny

(1974)

Biopic on stand-up comedy great Lenny Bruce, played by Dustin Hoffman. Bruce's groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary were deemed obscene by the 1960s establishment. With the notoriety came a near-messiah complex which fueled his comedy and taste for drugs. Valerie Perrine won Best Actress at Cannes for her portrayal as Honey, Bruce's troubled wife.

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  • The good performances (Hoffman and Perrine) stand little chance against Fosse's withering direction: the subject matter needs far defter psychological handling than it gets. Full Review

  • Was Lenny truly some kind of mad prophet or simply an accidental product of his times, which, though he died in 1966, were really the gung-ho nineteen-forties and the uptight fifties? It's to the film's credit that it raises this question, though it doesn't supply us with much information with which to answer it. Full Review

  • Fosse's remarkable film version of Julian Barry's legit play, Lenny, stars Dustin Hoffman in an outstanding performance. Full Review

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