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THE HUNGRY I REUNION

USA, 1980 (MIFF 1982)

Director: Thomas A. Cohen

The Hungry i Reunion is loosely structured as a history of the nightclub The feature combines anecdotes from luminaries and friends of the "Hungry i", along with performances from the stars who made it famous Included is rare footage of Lenny Bruce The focus of this nostalgic look at the 1950s and '60s is the charming and poignant reminiscences of Enrico Banducci, who takes us from his early struggles, to success, and back to the last days of the club On a personal and dramatic level, it takes the relationship between Enrico and Mort Sahl from early friendship and obscurity through national fame and the cover of Time magazine to their subsequent falling out in the mid-1960s Then, after not speaking to each other for 12 years, they are brought together by the reunion, and reconcile with a dramatic on-stage hug What finally will emerge is a touching portrait of a beloved San Francisco character, Enrico Banducci, and the music, laughter and tears that were launched at his Hungry i

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