San Francisco in Cinema: Lenny
Dustin Hoffman stars as comedian, filth monger, muckraker, and free speech activist Lenny Bruce in director Bob Fosse's compelling 1974 documentary-style feature Lenny. Valerie Perrine is Bruce's wife-muse-drug buddy, Honey, who provides details of her husband's rise and fall in mock interview segments. Lenny's first major performance was here at 440 Broadway, which in 1958 was a popular joint called Ann's 440 Club, run by New York cabaret singer Ann Dee. Bruce went on to cult status as the cultural hero who was arrested dozens of times - sometimes on-stage - and targeted by police not only for his toilet humor, but for his political material as well. Lenny died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles in 1966.

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