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Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998)

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Robert B. Weide pays tribute to the tragic life and untold contributions of stand-up comic Lenny Bruce, a complicated performer whose work has arguably influenced more contemporary comedians than any other. It took Weide a decade to interview those closest to Bruce -- including his late mother Sally K. Marr (herself a stand-up comedian, and one of the first women to succeed in that profession) and his ex-wife Honey Bruce, a former stripper -- and to compile rare television and other footage of Bruce's routines. Weide heavily focuses on the attempts of authorities to censor Bruce, whose profane commentary railed against hypocrisy during the '60s, shattering taboos against speaking publicly about sex and other sacred cows. Weide alleges that it was constant persecution that drove the former vaudevillian over the edge into the drug abuse, paranoid depression and resulting erratic behavior that killed him in 1964. Robert De Niro provides the narration.
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Documentary
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Great insight into the career of Lenny Bruce and his frequent run-ins with the law.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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Terrific documentary, narrated by Robert DeNiro, detailing Lenny's battles with the American court system. Very fascinating commentary of the times at the point, and very well constructed. I would have enjoyed seeing more comments from people in the comedy world, but the comments from his close friends and family were certainly intriguing and insightful.

Michael Clayton
Michael Clayton

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