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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave




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Leonard Cohen manages to garner fans from the unlikeliest of places despite his distinctly un-rock-&-roll appearance and a set of songs that veer closer to poetry than to their uneasy bedfellows in the pantheon of popular music. But viewers looking for an in-depth analysis of the man behind some of the most deeply introspective music ever recorded should look elsewhere: LEONARD COHEN: I'M YOUR MAN contains precious little insight from Cohen himself. Instead, director Lian Lunson has pieced together a warm tribute to the Canadian singer, drawing on the words of his many celebrity fans while also sharing generous amounts of footage from a Cohen tribute concert staged in 2005. The concert was filmed in Australia, with the bulk of the celebrity testimonials coming from performers at the show. The eclectic array of artists taking part include Nick Cave, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and folk legend Linda Thompson, all of whom perform unique interpretations of Cohen-penned classics such as "I'm Your Man" (Cave) and "Chelsea Hotel #2" (Rufus Wainwright). Lunson intersperses the concert footage with interviews from the stars, the most vocal and effusive praise coming from the Edge and Bono from U2, who are seen backing Cohen on a rendition of "Tower of Song" as the movie closes. Cohen himself is also given some screen time in which he muses on a number of interesting topics, but Lunson's piece is mostly designed as a straight tribute to a man who has never sat easily in the contemporary music world, much to the delight of his fans.

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Overview

Leonard Cohen manages to garner fans from the unlikeliest of places despite his distinctly un-rock-&-roll appearance and a set of songs that veer closer to poetry than to their uneasy bedfellows in the pantheon of popular music. But viewers looking for an in-depth analysis of the man behind some of the most deeply introspective music ever recorded should look elsewhere: LEONARD COHEN: I'M YOUR MAN contains precious little insight from Cohen himself. Instead, director Lian Lunson has pieced together a warm tribute to the Canadian singer, drawing on the words of his many celebrity fans while also sharing generous amounts of footage from a Cohen tribute concert staged in 2005. The concert was filmed in Australia, with the bulk of the celebrity testimonials coming from performers at the show. The eclectic array of artists taking part include Nick Cave, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and folk legend Linda Thompson, all of whom perform unique interpretations of Cohen-penned classics such as "I'm Your Man" (Cave) and "Chelsea Hotel #2" (Rufus Wainwright). Lunson intersperses the concert footage with interviews from the stars, the most vocal and effusive praise coming from the Edge and Bono from U2, who are seen backing Cohen on a rendition of "Tower of Song" as the movie closes. Cohen himself is also given some screen time in which he muses on a number of interesting topics, but Lunson's piece is mostly designed as a straight tribute to a man who has never sat easily in the contemporary music world, much to the delight of his fans.

Main Cast & Crew

Lian Lunson - Director
Leonard Cohen
Nick Cave
Bono
Rufus Wainwright
The Edge
Larry Mullen Jr.
Adam Clayton
Beth Orton

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398204343
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for some sex-related material)
  • Release Date: November 2006

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Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Pop Music

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Music
Rock Legends
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Theatrical Release: June 21, 2006

Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] marvelous blend of documentary and concert film....The film cuts in interviews with Cohen interpreting his songs and telling of adventures that took him from New York clubs to a Zen monastery..." - 07/13/2006 Rolling Stone, p.125


"The concert is mixed with interviews with the 71-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter, and he's a charmingly self-deprecating raconteur." - 06/30/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.139


"[T]he many highlights include a fabulous version of 'Chelsea Hotel No. 2" sung by Rufus Wainwright..." -- Grade: B - 11/17/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.107


4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a warm, touching portrait of a genius -- and long overdue." - 01/01/2007 Total Film, p.44


"[With] some interesting glimpses into Cohen's world...[The performances] are quite special..." - 01/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.68

 

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