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  (in credits order)
Lenny Bruce ... Himself

Directed by
John Magnuson 
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Lenny Bruce 

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John Magnuson .... producer
Other crew
Bob Anderson .... production team
Ken Chaney .... production team
Jeff Hale .... production team
Bob Hovorka .... production team
Dan McCann .... production team
Rick Smith .... production team

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"The Lenny Bruce Performance Film" - USA (promotional title)
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72 min
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For Fans Of Lenny Bruce, 30 July 2009
Author: druid333-2 from United States

This is it. The only full blown performance film that Lenny gave his "thumbs up" to before his tragic death in 1966 of a Morphine overdose (and not Heroin as most suspected),at the age of 40 (he would have turned 41,if he had lived until October of that year). What we have here is Lenny,filmed at one of the last night club appearances before his cabaret card was revoked,and he was barred from performing at any venue that sold alcohol,at least in the legal sense (he would perform at college campuses,an appearance at the Fillmore West,with of all unexpected opening acts,Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, and a few secret club appearances prior to his death). See Lenny as he waxes philosophical about his various drug and obscenity arrests,as well as taking some well intended pot shots at religion,politics,etc. Probably not as bitingly funny as some of his spoken word comedy records for Fantasy,but still worth a look. The film's photography is about the only really minor flaw (the camera seems to be one fixed camera that doesn't move about much---I'm guessing it may have been shot on crude early video,as there doesn't seem to be any edits). As this film is somewhat short,it's usually shown with Bruce's short animated film 'Thank You Masked Man'. Not rated,but contains salty language & sexually charged material that most folk probably wouldn't want junior to hear.

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