• Bob Fosse
  • US
  • 1974
  • 111 Min

In this film from 1974, Dustin Hoffman plays Lenny Bruce in episodes from the stand-up comedian’s life that show him transgressing boundaries, caught up in self-destruction and as a genius as socially critical as he was witty.

Bruce, who died of a heroin overdose in 1966 and had, over the preceding two decades, evolved into one of the most important American-Jewish comedians, today features as a supporting character in the popular series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and, indeed, it’s hard to reflect on the history of Jewish comedy in the United States without recalling his name. Dustin Hoffmann's performance in this all-black-and-white film has in the meantime, rather unjustly, been overshadowed by other of the actor’s films.

David Hadda about LENNY: "For me, "Lenny" is one of the most impressive films about the art form of stand-up comedy, which combines tragedy and suffering as well as comedy. The montage of powerful nightclub sequences and the narrative of the traumatic events outside the clubs surrounding Lenny Bruce's authoritative fight for free speech and artistic freedom make the film, in my opinion, more timely than ever."

15.6. 21.00 Thalia Babelsberg, followed by a discussion with David Hadda, producer
16.6. 21.00 Delphi Lux, followed by a discussion with David Hadda, producer


original title Lenny

international title Lenny

german title Lenny


  • director Bob Fosse

country/countries US

year 1974

duration 111 Min

Bob Fosse

BIO Robert "Bob" Louis Fosse (born June 23, 1927 in Chicago) was an American choreographer, dancer, and theater and film director. He has won eight Tony Awards for his choreography on Broadway, as well as another Tony as director. In the film business he made successful musicals such as "Behind the Limelight" and "Cabaret", for the latter he received the Oscar for Best Director.