Cinema: Black-and-Blue Comic

LENNY

Directed by BOB FOSSE Screenplay by JULIAN BARRY

Since his death by overdose in 1966, the myth of Lenny Bruce as an outlaw saint who gave his life to the cause of free speech has become an article of faith among the culturally disaffected of many moral, political and even sexual persuasions. According to their hagiography, Bruce was hounded into drugs, poverty, madness and finally suicide by a repressively puritanical Establishment. It is upon this belief that a Broadway show, several books and now Bob Fosse's movie have fed—or tried to feed....

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