The captivating tale of Lenny Bruce unfolds comprehensively within the Amazon Prime series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, catering to a newer and more youthful audience. While Lenny’s influence has somewhat diminished in the face of contemporary comedians who have transcended his mere vulgar discourse, Dustin Hoffman’s timeless depiction of Lenny Bruce stands as a true masterpiece, capturing the essence of an era and the complexities of a comedic trailblazer. Hoffman’s 1974 portrayal not only pays homage to the iconic figure but also serves as a poignant work of art, immortalizing the legendary comedian for audiences both old and new.
The comedic sketches of Lenny Bruce have not stood the test of time, displaying a certain inability to resonate with contemporary audiences. Nevertheless, his narrative remains a significant and vital chronicle, particularly for those who hold a deep appreciation for the principles of freedom of speech. In an era where the boundaries of expression are constantly evolving, Lenny Bruce’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges and triumphs associated with pushing the envelope in the pursuit of unrestricted and unfiltered communication. While his comedy may not align with current sensibilities, the enduring relevance of Bruce’s journey underscores the enduring importance of safeguarding the fundamental right to free speech in the ever-shifting landscape of societal norms.
The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary were often deemed by the establishment as too obscene for the public.
Directed by influential dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse, the director of Cabaret and All That Jazz, Dustin Hoffman gives an acclaimed performance as Lenny Bruce, alongside Valerie Perrine (Superman, Superman II), who won a BAFTA for her role in this film.
Based on the Julian Barry play of the same name, and nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay, and Cinematography.
Special Features & Technical Specs:
- 1080p High-definition presentation on Blu-ray
- NEW Audio Commentary by film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer and filmmaker Henry Jaglom (2023)
- Audio Commentary by film historians Nick Redman and Julie Kirgo
- NEW Dead Neon: The Many Faces of Lenny Bruce on Film – Video Essay
- NEW On Fosse Time: Editing Lenny – an interview with editor Alan Heim on his collaborations with director Bob Fosse
- Trailers From Hell: Robert Weide on Lenny
- Isolated Music and effects track
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio LPCM 2.0
- Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
- Optional English HOH Subtitles
- Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork