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Bye Bye Braverman

Directed by Sidney Lumet

USA | 94 minutes | 1968

Serpico. Dog Day Afternoon. Prince of the City. In these gritty and distinguished films, director Sidney Lumet held a mirror up to his adopted hometown, New York. In Bye Bye Braverman, he uses a funhouse mirror. The result is hilarious, satiric, wise, giddy — and no less trenchant. Sparked by a blue-ribbon cast, the film follows four Jewish intellectuals (George Segal, Jack Warden, Sorrelle Booke, Joseph Wiseman) jammed into one Volkswagen and squabbling nonstop en route to the funeral of their friend Leslie Braverman. What happens on the way (a fender bender with a Yiddish-spouting African-American cabbie, a stop at the wrong funeral) forms the plot, but the kvetching, joking, fuming and ultimately fearful quartet forms the heart of this smart, sardonic comedy.
Director Sidney Lumet
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 1968
Premiere Status
Runtime 94 minutes
Principal Cast George Segal, Jack Warden, Sorrell Booke, Joseph Wiseman, Zohra Lampert
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