Friday, January 11, 2008

"Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man"

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Lions Gate is proud to celebrate Cohen's legacy with director Lian Lunson's "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," an intimate look at the songs, poetry and life of one of music's most celebrated and influential troubadours.

In January, 2005, Lunson traveled to Sydney to film the historic "Came So Far For Beauty" show, a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Sydney Opera House organized by famed music producer Hal Willner. "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man" includes behind-the-scenes interviews and live performances from this event by Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Julie Christensen and Perla Battala, as well as a special performance of "Tower of Song" by Cohen and U2. And in a series of candid interviews, Cohen himself reveals his trademark wry humor and soulful intensity, using his own artwork, poetry and personal collection of photographs to reflect upon his colorful past and his creative process.

Amazon - Gregory Callahan
Nostalgia buffs like me might have secretly preferred Judy Collins, Jennifer Warnes and Buffy Sainte-Marie (whose inventiv, evocative "God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot" is my own personal benchmark for originality in Cohen interpretations--mainly because it was a musical adaptation of a literary passage and not simply one of Cohen songs). So give the filmmakers AND the concert organizers their props for their sincere attempt to bring the work of one of popular music's darkest poets to a generation that seems to like it pop even darker. : Stephanie Zacharek
It's probably impossible to make the perfect documentary about Leonard Cohen, a poet, songwriter and performer about whom most people -- of a certain age and temperament, at least -- have ardent feelings. There was a time when every worthy record collection (and I mean record collection) included a copy of Cohen's 1967 debut, "Songs of Leonard Cohen," whose cover featured a sepia portrait of the man himself: This somber visage -- gazing straight into the camera, straight at us -- might have come directly from the old west, except most people in the old west never looked this impeccably groomed and elegant. There has never been anything scruffy, literally or figuratively, about Cohen. The pinpoint-precise imagery of his poetry is part of what makes it so alive. And his voice has developed a glorious depth and texture over the years, like the patina on an antique watch chain. Yesterday and today, Leonard Cohen is the picture of class -- but it's class with feeling.
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