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Cohen, Leonard - Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes (2010)

Leonard Cohen , Chrome Dreams  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leonard Cohen
  • Directors: Chrome Dreams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Chrome Dreams
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OWD2EC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,935 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Although it can be difficult to detect the influences in the work of Leonard Cohen, he was informed by a far-reaching list of musicians, writers, poets and philosophies. In Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes, the scope and detail of his artistic inspirations are put under the microscope. Cohen's first love was poetry and in the works of fellow Canadian Irving Layton, and the Spanish bard Federico Garcia Lorca, he found the words that moved him to create his own verse. The beat writers too hit a positive note and their work has lived with him throughout his career. While it may come as no surprise to find Bob Dylan and Judy Collins included in this film, a less acknowledged genre of interest to Leonard is country music, he was deeply affected by performers such as Hank Williams and Hank Snow. Religion and spirituality too have contributed enormously to Leonard's life and music, particularly the faith into which he was born, Judaism, and his more recent study of Buddhism.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who were wondering, as I was... October 2, 2010
Chrome Dreams seems reluctant to advertise just how valuable and timely their new LC documentary is, so what follows are the insightful words of one Steven Rosen, from his own online review:

"While this does have short, archival excerpts of Cohen performances and interviews, it's primarily a deeply researched, scholarly and thoroughly engrossing look at his influences and origins as first a poet/novelist and then a songwriter. Chapters focus on the Beats, Henry Miller, Jacques Brel, Hank Williams, Federico Garcia Lorca, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, the folk revival, Judaism and Zen Buddhism. Among those interviewed are Cohen biographers Ira Nadel and Stephen Scobie, Beat Generation expert John Tytell, Garcia Lorca scholar Leslie Stainton, rock critic Anthony DeCurtis and Buddhist monk Kigen. Perhaps the best of the interviews is with Judy Collins, who recounts how she discovered Cohen as a songwriter when she recorded three of his compositions..."

I couldn't have said it better myself.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Buy October 11, 2010
I watched this documentary yesterday, loved it and will certainly go back to it. Some of the older stuff I had seen before, but there is a lot new to explore. Some of the clips from earlier performances are not of the best quality, but this is all about the people and circumstances which influenced the thoughts and work of Leonard Cohen, and this was done very well. Spanish poet Federico Lorca, Canadian Irving Layton, the beat writers as well as country singer Hank Williams, Ray Charles and the timely meeting with Judy Collins, together with his superior intellect and his Jewish background in French speaking Montreal, all helped putting Leonard Cohen on his path to the great artist he has become. There is also the very strong influence of Zen Buddhism in his life and work. The input by his biographer Ira Nadel, Collins and others really are informative and heart-warming.

Those who love this man for the extraordinary and unique artist that he is, go and buy this dvd. You won't be disappointed and you'll get a much better understanding of his work and the man himself.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you understand Leonard? October 28, 2010
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This is a wonderful DVD if one wants to finally understand the origins and inspirations of Leonard Cohen. This DVD is a series of interviews and reviews of his life's work. His inspirations, in the form of poets, writers, other musicians are explored in great depth. I learned a great deal about his muse and his life. It has very few clips of him singing because that is not the purpose of it. My only criticism is the last line of Judy Collins supplemental interview about his medications -- that was a bit flippant for the end of a good piece.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOCUMENTARY December 11, 2010
It's a documentary, if you dont like documentaries, then dont give it 1 star, unless its a bad DOCUMENTARY. So here's my 5 stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it claims to do - and does it very well January 16, 2011
It is good to read so many positive reviews here, I have just watched the DVD and was also very impressed. Before going on to say why I'd like to address the one negative review below.

I am sorry that K. Rathburn was disappointed but then she seems to be disappointed because she bought a coffee maker and it doesn't produce orange juice!

The product description reads:
Although it can be difficult to detect the influences in the work of Leonard Cohen, he was informed by a far-reaching list of musicians, writers, poets and philosophies. In Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes, the scope and detail of his artistic inspirations are put under the microscope...(etc.)

Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes analyses Cohen's work in terms of his influences. Inteviews with key critics, biographers and academics), give us an insightful overview into the people who have inspired Leonard Cohen.

I have been involved in similar productions in the past, and then read reviews similar to K. Rathburn's here that slate the product for being something other than the expected - perhaps a live show from the artist in question are something like that; which is a pity as it isn't what the product has ever claimed to be.

I have absolutely no involvement in this production, I hasten to add, though I would have been very proud to have been a part of it. I particularly like the even-handed emphasis on poetry music and religion and with the speakers manage to deal with academic subjects in an easy to understand manner never resorting to `Academese' nor sounding patronising.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonesome Heroes February 19, 2013
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Great addition to my Leonard Cohen Collection. I love this man. Sorry I just discovered him last year. Making up for lost time.
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