Dustin Hoffman has the clipped, jazzy delivery of the ill-fated comedian down to a tee and Valerie Perrine gives a remarkably touching performance as his hapless wife but the real star of Lenny might be director Bob Fosse himself. His electrified portrayals of the seedy dives and strip joints of the fifties, both tawdry and glamorous in the luminous black and white photography of Bruce Surtees, rival Scorsese’s own fervid fascination with the seedier side of Times Square in Taxi Driver. Perrine won Best Actress at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. TFH is happy to welcome filmmaker Robert Weide to our line-up of stellar gurus!
About Robert Weide
Robert Weide's documentary films include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell; the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up; Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition; Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (which won an Emmy Award and was Oscar-nominated); and Woody Allen: A Documentary. He has worked in narrative features as Producer and Writer of Mother Night, Director of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Co-Writer of the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Weide was Executive Producer and principal Director of the HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and created, wrote and directed the 2014 British comedy/drama series Mr. Sloane for Sky Atlantic. He is currently in post-production on a documentary, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, which he commenced filming in 1988. Weide is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a DGA Award.