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Lenny
     

Lenny

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Director: Bob Fosse, Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner

Cast: Bob Fosse, Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner

 

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Bob Fosse's stark biopic of famed comedian Lenny Bruce, Lenny, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish

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Bob Fosse's stark biopic of famed comedian Lenny Bruce, Lenny, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. MGM/UA has done an acceptable if less than breathtaking job with this DVD.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
His first non-musical film, Bob Fosse's biopic Lenny (1974) confirmed the breadth of the former hoofer's -- and his star Dustin Hoffman's -- protean talents. Detailing socially conscious pottymouth comic Lenny Bruce's trailblazing rise and self-immolating fall in a series of flashbacks, Fosse and screenwriter Julian Barry inject grim drama into an unsentimental portrait of the artist as a highly flawed man. Along with re-staging pieces of the straight-talking routines that made Bruce famous, Fosse and Hoffman relentlessly reveal his demise as a performer in an unwavering long take of Bruce's drug-addled on-stage meltdown after his obscenity trials. Bruce Surtees' rich black-and-white photography lends a note of documentary authenticity as well as an appropriately somber nocturnal atmosphere. Oscar nominee and critics' prize-winner Valerie Perrine hit her career peak as Bruce's stripper-turned-junkie wife, Honey. Hoffman's embodiment of the comic illuminates Bruce's own destructive role in his free speech martyrdom. Praised by the critics and well appreciated by a culturally savvy 1974 audience that didn't mind cinematic downers, Lenny went on to receive six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Fosse's second nod for Best Director, and Best Actor.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
UPC:
0027616874863
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Lenny Bruce
Valerie Perrine Honey Bruce
Jan Miner Sally Marr
Stanley Beck Artie Silver
Gary Morton Sherman Hart
Rashel Novikoff Aunt Mema
Frank Orsatti Hunter
Glenn Wilder Actor
Guy Rennie Jack Goldstein
George de Witt Comic
Jack Nagle Rev. Mooney
Phil Philbin New York Cop
Clarence Thomas New York Attorney
Don Newsome Connection
Ric O'Feldman Court Clerk
Robert Parsons Chicago Plainclothesman
Bob Collins New York Assistant DA
John DiSanti John Santi
Lee Sandman Judge
Monroe Myers Judge
Bruce McLaughlin Judge
Mike Murphy District Attorney
Mark Harris Defense Attorney
Martin Begley San Francisco Judge
Bridghid Glass Kitty at Age 2
Allison Goldstein Kitty at Age 1
Susan Malnick Kitty Bruce at Age 11
Ted Sorrell Defense Attorney

Technical Credits
Bob Fosse Director
Julian Barry Screenwriter
Ralph Burns Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Douglas Green Asst. Director
Robert Greenhut Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
David V. Picker Executive Producer
Nicholas Romanac Set Decoration/Design
Joel Schiller Production Designer
Roland "Ozzie" Smith Camera Operator
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Worth Producer
Ted Zachary Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Clap Trap [3:24]
2. "Hot Honey Harlow" [3:26]
3. Making an Impression [11:05]
4. Entertaining In-Laws [6:34]
5. A Very Bad Act [7:34]
6. There Are No Accidents [7:20]
7. In With the Wrong Crowd [7:41]
8. And Baby Makes Three [5:20]
9. A Call for Help [5:15]
10. Pointing Out Prejudice [8:57]
11. Arresting Material [9:13]
12. "You're Full of Blah!" [4:07]
13. "Words as Weapons" [6:42]
14. "I'm Not Funny!" [14:32]
15. Held in Contempt [6:13]
16. Suicide or Overdose? [3:44]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/Clap Trap [:07]
2. "Hot Honey Harlow" [3:24]
3. Making an Impression [3:25]
4. Entertaining In-Laws [11:06]
5. A Very Bad Act [6:34]
6. There Are No Accidents [7:34]
7. In With the Wrong Crowd [7:20]
8. And Baby Makes Three [7:41]
9. A Call for Help [5:20]
10. Pointing Out Prejudice [5:15]
11. Arresting Material [8:57]
12. "You're Full of Blah!" [9:13]
13. "Words as Weapons" [4:07]
14. "I'm Not Funny!" [6:42]
15. Held in Contempt [14:32]
16. Suicide or Overdose? [6:13]

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Lenny 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The political and historical significance of this movie does not only make this movie great but Dustin Hoffman shows why he is one the best in the business with an almost scary resemblance and fabulous job in being Lenny. This movie should be on every shelf of anybody who adores movies and sociology. This is a great classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are only a few directors who can pull off black and white: Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Bob Fosse. Fosse works with prime material and creates a brilliant docu-drama about the late genius who suffered the slings and arrows of censorship and sadly died before seeing his long fought and sought victory. Hoffman and Perrine are standouts and Fosse has a gritty edge to this film. Fosse knew how to put human tragedy on celluloid and this is his high water mark.