Lenny Bruce’s legend is like a funhouse mirror. From one angle, he is a free speech icon, celebrated for breaking down barriers that had limited what a performer could do and say onstage. From another, he was a “sick” comedian, pioneering the use of profanity and exploring taboo topics like race and sex. More recently, he’s been depicted as a lovable rascal on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Now a short film recently acquired by Brandeis University’s Lenny Bruce collection shows a lesser-known side of Bruce: aspiring filmmaker.
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