Bye-Bye Braverman

Overview

Bye Bye Braverman is a bittersweet adaptation of Wallace Markfield's coldly cynical novel To an Early Grave. Braverman, an idealistic minor author, dies; his four best friends, writers who in one way or another have all sold out, decide to attend his funeral. The foursome includes a disenchanted magazine writer George Segal, a poet Jack Warden, a book reviewer Sorrell Booke, and an embittered bellyacher Joseph Wiseman. Taking a picaresque journey from Greenwich Village to Brooklyn, the quartet never quite gets to...
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Overview

Bye Bye Braverman is a bittersweet adaptation of Wallace Markfield's coldly cynical novel To an Early Grave. Braverman, an idealistic minor author, dies; his four best friends, writers who in one way or another have all sold out, decide to attend his funeral. The foursome includes a disenchanted magazine writer George Segal, a poet Jack Warden, a book reviewer Sorrell Booke, and an embittered bellyacher Joseph Wiseman. Taking a picaresque journey from Greenwich Village to Brooklyn, the quartet never quite gets to the funeral, but their odyssey unearths many a self-revelation and previously unspoken truth. Like its four leading characters, Bye Bye Braverman loses its way towards the end, bringing this otherwise insightful comedy/drama to a muddied conclusion.
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In the talkative Bye Bye Braverman, a foursome of cynical Jewish New York writers drive to the funeral of their friend, a writer named Braverman. Adapted from To an Early Grave, a novel by Wallace Markfield, the film is a clever, fanciful, often morose exploration of success, self-realization, and friendship. The humor is heavily Jewish, drawing on the insular culture of the New York literary world. None of the friends is very happy with his life, and the film is full of complaint. The stars include George Segal and Jack Warden. The film is notable as a stepping stone in the unorthodox career of director Sidney Lumet. Lumet's father was a Yiddish stage actor, and Lumet's familiarity with the cultural territory infuses Bye Bye Braverman with a wry knowingness. This was Lumet's first important film after the acclaimed The Pawnbroker, and, like that film, it has the feel of a cinematic stage piece subtly enriched by Lumet's inquisitive camera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • UPC: 883316174296
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,457

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Segal Monroe Rieff
Jack Warden Barnet Weiner
Joseph Wiseman Felix Ottensteen
Sorrell Booke Holly Levine
Phyllis Newman Myra Mandelbaum
Jessica Walter Inez Braverman
Zohra Lampert Etta Rieff
Godfrey Cambridge Cab Driver
Alan King Rabbi
Susan Wyler Pilar
Anthony Holland Max Ottensteen
Leib Lensky Custodian
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director, Producer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Kasazkow Art Director
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Peter Matz Score Composer
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Herbert Sargent Screenwriter
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
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