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Lenny Bruce ... Himself

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John Magnuson 
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Lenny Bruce 

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John Magnuson .... producer
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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sad Lenny, 13 November 2001
Author: Ian (ibuck-2) from Washington DC

I remember watching Fosse's biopic, Lenny, and seeing Hoffman's portrayal of the performance documented on this video, and thinking, how sad, that he went from such brilliance to such self-indulgent, self-serving self-defense. I didn't realize until I started watching the video that this was a recording of THAT performance, and it was interesting to watch from that historical perspective. But taken by itself it's more sad than funny. A great comedian, orator, commentator, oh, hell, just the great Lenny reduced to stumbling through court transcripts and embarrassingly trying to remember bits that he did years before. It's disjointed and often makes little sense; ironically, exactly the charges he levels at the "peace officer" assigned to "recreate" his act for the court and the transcripts made from an inaudible recording of one of his shows. Rent this one for a sense of an example of Bruce's work, his art, it's a poor specimen, and will have you alternately feeling sorry for him and annoyed by him more than it will make you laugh or think; and those were the two things that, in his prime, Lenny made us do best.

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