It was nominated for an academy award for best documentary feature. Swear to tell the truth is the first work ive seen that correctly shows in detail and explains the real reasons why lenny bruce was hunted and persecuted by the authorities all the way to his eventual death. Swear to tell the truth is a 1998 documentary film directed by robert b. A look at the work and surprising success of a fouryearold girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Weides 1998 documentary, and i cant tell you how elated i feel.
Comedian lenny bruce struck a subversive chord in an era. In 1948, lenny bruce was just another comic who couldnt get arrested. Lenny bruce was born leonard alfred schneider to a jewish family in mineola. Swear to tell the truth on tv with the full listings schedule at. Lyric by carole bayer sager, david foster, tony renis and alberto testa.
Rarely has a film demonstrated so persuasively the exact opposite of. Every once in awhile in a world gone mad, a rebel will rise above the turmoil and make a change thats so profound that it lasts forever, making him immortal. Swear to tell the truth a documentary about the comic who invented controversy. The film lenny is well intentioned and well done, but it cant carry the jock of weides swear to tell the truth. Weide pays tribute to the tragic life and untold contributions of standup comic lenny bruce, a complicated performer whose work has arguably influenced more contemporary comedians than. Ive been listening to it all night with the requisite and simultaneous red wine and lenny bruce. Swear to tell the truth emotionally argues the performers place as the most innovative thinker to emerge from the standup comedy. Comedian lenny bruce struck a subversive chord in an era of change in america. However the best documentary by far is swear to tell the truth.
Lenny bruce swear to tell the truth library of congress. After getting his start as a conventional standup comic, bruce s increasingly iconoclastic act transformed him into a leading figure of the 1960s counterculture. This sad, romantic ballad composed by buddy johnson in 1945 was recorded by lenny welch on the cadence label in 1963, reaching number 3 on. Coming attractions for you 2020s most anticipated movies. Lenny bruce, as shown in the documentary swear to tell the truth. Music original song the prayer in quest for camelot music by carole bayer sager and david foster. A long and loving tribute 10 years in the making, lenny bruce. All comments about lenny or this video are welcome, or just something either made you.1021 569 1313 931 1397 632 433 10 1032 1197 1457 573 1518 904 637 201 1252 1265 719 588 962 391 1455 259 52 1116 715 1108 1239 207 1327 94 93 236 379 422 797 78