Movie-Still Monday: Lenny (1974)

Lenny (1974) Directed by Bob Fosse, Produced by David V. Picker and Marvin Worth, and acted by Dustin Hoffman

To play a scene where Lenny Bruce performs on stage, at the hight of his descent from drug abuse, Hoffman stayed awake for three nights. 

“That’s how Dustin played it, sleepless for 72 hours, out on his feet, stoned from lack of sleep. . . .One take, one camera, no cuts to break into the reality. Dustin was nominated for an Oscar for that performance, and the film received a total of six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.”


-David V. Picker from Must, Maybe, and Nevers: A book about the Movies on sale early October. 




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