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Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998)

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In 1948, Lenny Bruce was just another comic who couldn't get arrested. By 1961, all that would change.


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$16,445 (USA) (23 October 1998)

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$21,350 (USA) (23 October 1998)
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A Good Portrait of Lenny's Life
15 September 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Lenny Bruce is an iconic figure from post-war America. He is viewed today, both as a martyr in the struggle for freedom of expression, and as a giant in stand-up comedy showing the way to an entire generation of comedians that followed him. "Lenny Bruce: Dare to Tell the Truth" fleshes out the icon and presents Lenny as a human being. Following the chronology of Lenny's life from WWII till his premature death in 1965, the film is enhanced by interviews with Lenny's mother, ex-wife, daughter and associates.

No new facts about Lenny's life or motivations are revealed in the movie; it's all stuff we already know. Nonetheless, it is a very well made documentary, presenting Lenny as a real person, and for that reason should be viewed by people interested in this influential American.


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