As the film progresses and the narrative catches up with the interviews, the gaps between these segments 'close'. Judge Murtagh denied the request and read the verdict. There is a lot of nudity and the language is understandably rough. I much more appreciated his insights into society but his jokes left me pretty flat. It would have been more interesting to see his life the truth with some joke but not the other way around.
All in all the best pic of 1974 and of all time for that matter. Here it hardly matters whether you like the man himself or would have laughed at his material if present at his better shows. The stage act sometimes viewed in cold detachment from the gods won't make you laugh, it might make you nod and smile occasionally, but no more. The decision by director Bob Fosse to film it completely in black and white was brilliant. The stand-up is the substitute for an interview with Bruce, and the implication is that it was only during his shows that he was really able to be express himself fully. Also arrested was club owner Howard Solomon. Trial: 1964 Defendants: , Ella Solomon, and Howard L.
Looking back in time we see when he first meets his future wife Honey, and the utter bliss and childish joy on his face would be beautiful if it wasn't so heartbreaking knowing what he will eventually become. No comedian today, worth his weight, did it without the courage and groundbreaking heroism of this one man. Everything is a stage, but of course that is the bad thing, but of course if it is what you are asked for. For me, this is the film that convinced me that Dustin Hoffman is truly a first rate actor. Four nights later, he and Solomon were arrested again.
While I liked the film technically and appreciate that the film does not whitewash the man, it's also a rather unpleasant film about a guy who I am not even sure I care for one way or the other. Her portrayal of Honey needs to go in the history books. Hoffman is ably supported by Valerie Perrine as Bruce's stripper wife, Honey, as much a victim as a lover for Bruce. All the same there is something a little dry and disappointing in the film's structure: almost as if it could have used a more conventional, linear narrative, like Milos Forman's tribute to Andy Kauffman, 'Man on the Moon' would use to such great effect 25 years later. Lenny Bruce, Hamden Conn: Archon, 1989. And, as many have found out before and since, if you lash out at society, society will hit back - and you find that society has a lot more weapons than a microphone. Technically, everything about the film is highly accomplished, but it's so desolately grim as to be off putting.
Bruce becomes a bastion for free speech and social commentary, but more the film presents him as something more human than that; a flawed creature who for all of his evolutionary changes to media was also a very broken man within himself. I think it is very past, it is not well worn, it is misdirected, poorly planned. Solomon Crime Charged: Obscenity Chief Defense Lawyers: Martin Garbus and Efraim London Chief Prosecutor: Richard H. He has his mannerisms and improvisational style down perfectly. It's a performance that stands at the very top of the all-time greats, in a film that is as brutally honest towards Lenny Bruce as he was towards the rest of the world. Two nights later, April 3, just before he was due on stage, Bruce was arrested and charged with using obscene language.
This was such a captivating feature. Frankly, though Hoffman has blown me away on various occasions, I don't ever remember being more blown away than this. It's presented in black and white, which was a wonderful idea to match Bruce's style as a performer, and the way that the shots are composed and lit is a visual orgasm in every way. Often times, it seemed like even when Lenny Bruce lost, he won!! There was just so much emotion that Fosse pulled from his troupe in this film that you could only watch in amazement. While he had several films before this one that brought him into the spotlight, I thought that he went above and beyond for this film.
But yeah, you won't get many laughs. Solomon: Guilty; Ella Solomon: not Guilty Sentence: Lenny Bruce: 4 months imprisonment; Howard L. Yes, it is not very funny. The storytelling is all in the edit for Fosse. The way he says his lines, his facial expressions, his gestures. With the exception of , was 's rawest set of the 1970s; partly recorded live, with arrangements stripped to the bone, was dark, deep, and ominous, a 180-degree turn from the polished neo-glam of. Fosse has a close grip on the direction and Hoffman and Perrine are both absolutely superb, bringing to life two very tortured souls who temporarily found solace in each other, before finding their relationship put to the test by drug abuse and self-loathing.
The range of the cast in general is quite commendable in the break stints in the film in which they are shown to be interviewed individually on the life of Lenny Bruce. But the album's best moments are genuinely exciting, and the title cut, a three-movement poetic tone poem about life on the New York streets, is one of the most audacious and deeply moving moments of 's solo career. The power of this man is vividly demonstrated through this film, leaving you with questions answered as well as a desire to hear more. The film traces Bruce from his beginnings as a Catskills comic to his later underground popularity based on his anti-establishment politics and his scatological humor. And finally, Why is this such a terrific movie!!.
This film really showcased his talents. Grade: B+ Lenny Bruce loved words. I am also aware of how little respect English gets as daily we hear of schools cutting back on their Literature studies to help support their sports program, or how the first way to cut back spending is to close libraries. Even if you don't think he was funny, it's an interesting portrait of a very self-destructive man as well as the times he lived in and it's rather unflinching in its portrayal. If they had allowed audiences to empathize with Bruce to a greater degree, truth may have been sacrificed along the way. Sure, it's 'dark', but then, so too is life, so honesty comes forth once again. With his lapses in silence, his rambling dialogues and his stop and start speech patterns, it's like watching a train wreck that you can't stare away from and you just keep hoping will be over soon.
The film as a whole is good, but to witness Hoffman channeling Bruce, it's a must-see. Who knows how many lives were saved by people finally being permitted to say what was on their mind? The masses didn't get him. My general stance towards Hollywood biopics is that I'm strongly against them, believing that to condense the life of a human being into a two or three hour film is impossible, but the script here by Julian Barry, adapting from his own play, does a strong job of taking the important parts of Bruce's life and leaving the rest behind. Everything about it is top notch. This allegation was reiterated by the next witness, Patrolman Robert Lane, who with his partner, William O'Neal, had recorded Bruce. Dustin Hoffman presents Lenny as an alternately despicable and heroic figure, and there is a spark in his eyes throughout the early scenes of the movie that eventually gives way to desperation later in the picture. The verdict seemed to unhinge Bruce.