Lenny Bruce: Without Tears

Lenny Bruce: Without Tears

Director: Fred Baker

Cast: Fred Baker, Steve Allen, Lenny Bruce, Paul Krassner

     
 

Lenny Bruce was a stand-up comic (though he frequently sat down do deliver his monologues) whose work in the early '50s electrified the intellectual community of his time. It is not just that he was foul-mouthed; many contemporaries were that. It was his daring inclusion of political observations and social commentary into his act which edified as often as it resulted… See more details below

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Lenny Bruce was a stand-up comic (though he frequently sat down do deliver his monologues) whose work in the early '50s electrified the intellectual community of his time. It is not just that he was foul-mouthed; many contemporaries were that. It was his daring inclusion of political observations and social commentary into his act which edified as often as it resulted in gales of wry laughter. As he grew more famous, his big-city, hip decadence, and his political outspokenness led to difficulties with authorities. These troubles included prosecution on obscenity charges. This filmed documentary shows brief excerpts from some of his acts, and features interviews with "eggheads" such as Kenneth Tynan and Malcom Muggeridge.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
UPC:
0720229911405
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
49,013

Special Features

Short film: "Finding Fred Baker" by Daoud Abu-Bakr; Lenny Bruce photo gallery; Trailers

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start: "I Want to Report a Crime!" [2:51]
2. Trouble With the Law: "He Made a Cacka, Get a Policeman" [3:50]
3. Shocking Comedian: "Sabu and the Genie" [8:26]
4. Free Form: "The Pope & Adolph Eichmann" [10:39]
5. Making It [1:06]
6. Sick Humor: "Non-Skeddo Airlines" [9:08]
7. A Life of One-Liners [6:03]
8. More Churches, etc,: "I Think That's What We're Doing in Vietnam!" [7:12]
9. Can't Get a Job [6:28]
10. New Dope Charges [8:18]
11. Death of Lenny Bruce: "Dead, on the Bathroom Floor, From an Overdose of Police" [1:42]
12. Last Skit [3:48]

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