LENNY BRUCE: WITHOUT TEARS - 1972
LENNY BRUCE: WITHOUT TEARS - 1972 - DVD
PBS-TV 1972 - This documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of Lenny Bruce (1925-1966), hip comedian and bête noire (a person or thing strongly detested or avoided) to the establishment. The film makes the case that Bruce was impoverished and broken by a series of unjust arrests and prosecutions in the 1960s. Clips of Bruce performances, "bits" as he calls them, dominate the film, from Steve Allen's TV show to night-club appearances late in life when he would mine his arrests for material. Malcolm Muggeridge calls Bruce a moralist. A former assistant district attorney from New York in effect apologizes for his part in persecuting Bruce. In black and white. About an hour.