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Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man (2006)

Leonard Cohen , Rufus Wainwright  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, Bono, Rennie Sparks, Hal Willner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2J62I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Sure to please both die-hard Cohen fans and the newly initiated, this film is full of captivating music and offers an intimate portrait of a truly singular artist, poet, songwriter, cultural icon.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Tribute to a Living Legend June 27, 2006
Format:Theatrical Release
Saw this film at the Los Angeles premiere end of June 2006 - the film is full of love for the creative talent of an extraordinary wordsmith whose music mystically takes his words to an even higher vibration.

the film is so real the audience gave standing ovations for performances in the film!!!

And Leonard himself came out to thank the audience, saying he was retiring to the green room to fortify himself with a drink to deal with "the moral pneumonia that comes after the blizzard of praise."

OBTW - he did say he was thinking of going on tour again - at 71 - imagine!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less filmmaker and more substance next time please... November 23, 2006
Format:DVD
Hagiography is a perfect fit for what it seems was attempted with this movie. And Leonard deserves just that, but done well. What is up with that strange noise the director hits us over the head with implying Leonard's 'mystic' status? Is it wind? Music? Definately annoying and totally uncalled for. When Leonard speaks let the audience determine if what he is saying is profound/esoteric, etc without the parlor tricks. Geez. It made what was happening so amateurish (that 'noise') and cheapened the reality of what was being heard and seen.

The reverence by the performers was well represented. I didn't much care for the cd that was born of this dvd. Many of the performances seemed too campy, as if they were competing for the best off-kilter interpretation of what are Leonard classics. It was infinately better to watch and listen as opposed to just listening to the cd. Antony is the best exception to the 'interpretive wars' (see my cd review for details). He out shines all with "If It Be Your Will" honoring its original ambiance with his voice that just makes you want to cry and you don't know why.

I know Leonard embraced Lian's making of this piece and I can tell she is truly enamoured of him and his talents, but the story is badly presented. The weird noises, the strange use of visuals and the camera actions make you think more about the 'film' being made instead of the content, like an annoying fingerprint showing up on each frame of the screen. She should have remained invisible and let the story speak for itself.

I hope someone puts together a 'hagiography' of Leonard that does let him show up without all the nonsense.

That said, buy it! Leonard is in it. I will, despite all watch it again.

Regards,

Laurie
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A life well-spent September 26, 2006
Format:Theatrical Release
Leonard Cohen's music brings together poetry, melody, sensuality and spirit in a way that hasn't been matched by any other performer i know. This movie alludes to the magic of Cohen's work but cannot fully capture it as it focuses most of its time on performers who, while trying hard, fall short of what was asked of them.

As a previous reviewer quipped, I'd much prefer to see more of the man and less of the fans. I found myself fidgeting whenever the camera focused on others. Especially the Wainwrights seemed to be all over the place, undeservedly so, IMHO; and Nick Cave was vaguely dissapointing with his Sinatra mannerisms. I liked the piece by Anthony (who I haven't heard of before) and especially the closing performance by Bono and his buddies together with Cohen; it was touching to see the respect these guys have for the old aristocrat.

I have a lot of affection for Cohen and was sincerely touched by this movie. The humility, the nobility of character and mind and the sheer power of presence that emanate from Leonard show how a well-spent life looks like.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Awe Of The Master July 1, 2006
Leonard Cohen is a master and this documentary is a fitting tribute to a legend. The audience at the Film Forum in New York sat in awed silence while the music washed though us and the lyrics cleansed our souls. Sometimes, the words cut painfully close to the bone, reminding us of our shared experience of being human.

Leonard Cohen goes to places most of us are unwilling to look at and brings back truth that no one can deny. Bono accurately describes it as going into the abyss and laughing at it. The artists performing his songs follow him there and brilliantly express the depth of his poetry set to music.

This is an outstanding film, documenting the poetic voice of our generation, and surely of many generations to come.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful August 9, 2006
Format:Theatrical Release
Full disclosure: it's mighty hard to get me to think anything bad about LC, let alone say it, so I'm hardly a neutral observer when it comes to this documentary. Still, if you have any interest in Cohen and his music, this is unquestionably a must see. The commentary by Bono, Rufus Wainwright and others gets a little too reverential at times for my taste. Leonard is no saint (if for no other reason than Chelsea Hotel #2, his kiss -- and more -- and tell tale about an interlude with Janis Joplin) and his sly humor as he talks about his life peeks through again and again, leavening the endless accolades from his admirers. There are many wonderful pictures of Cohen as a child and the film ends by repeating one of him on a tricycle. My favorite though, and one that I think ties together all the contradictions in his life and work, is one of a ten or twelve year old Leonard neatly dressed and combed but for an unmanageable cowlick, and standing with a bouquet of flowers in front of a statue of Mary.

The singers do great justice to Leonard's work, including Rufus Wainwright in Hallelujuah and the aforementioned Chelsea Hotel (a somewhat different tune from Rufus's point of view). But best of all for me were his sister Martha and her version of The Traitor and backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen stepping up with a glorious Anthem. Only Nick Cave and, sadly, Anna and Kate McGarrigle are weak in the parade of spectacular voices singing spectacular songs.

Toward the end of the film, Leonard muses about touring again, a prospect that, he says on camera, gets better the more he and others in the scene drink. And then he whets our appetite for such a probably-not-to-happen tour by performing Tower of Song, dressed impeccably as his haberdasher father would have liked, and backed by U2. How much would the tickets for Leonard touring with U2 as a backing band scalp for? Let the bidding start at a thousand or so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE COHEN
What can you say about this gifted songwriter? I love everything that Chohen has done and this is no exception.
Published 22 hours ago by Non Profit Guru
5.0 out of 5 stars An evening of wonderful entertainment!
This production is a fabulous concert production - a tribute to The Man by an amazing array of performers. Bring out the popcorn and enjoy an evening of wonderful entertainment.
Published 18 days ago by Donald E. Forres
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen: I'm your Man
I have always loved Leonard Cohen"s writings and songs. This tape not only shows him but also some wonderful young singers like the McGarigles singing his music
Published 1 month ago by fluff
5.0 out of 5 stars An audio and visual feast
I don't think you even have to be a Leonard Cohen devotee to be moved by the musical performances by fabulous tribute artists (except for one song sung by Cohen and U2), which are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gadfly Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry Perfected
He is such a gifted poet and composer. It was wonderful hearing all those Canadians pay tribute to him. His songs have such depth and meaning.
Published 2 months ago by Janis Lipson
5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to Leonard Cohen
This tribute to Leonard Cohen, one of my favorite songwriters and poets, is done with love by great entertainers of a younger generation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Mitchell
2.0 out of 5 stars Just give me Leonard Cohen
Except for Antony, who is amazing, the artists on this compilation do not touch Cohen, who is now in his prime. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Black Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars great to hear the songs . . .
. . . but the little bits of Leonard leave you wanting more of him. He comes across as modest, as not taking his achievements too seriously, and yet trying seriously to be a good... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen DVD Tribute by numerous performers
We have watched this over and over. Such amazing performances by so many outstanding singers. It is well worth purchasing. We liked it so much I got the CD as well! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Snowed In
5.0 out of 5 stars magical!
I happened upon this as I was clicking through the channels on television. Quickly I became transfixed on the way Leonard Cohen's story is told. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim
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Notwithstanding the claims of a numbe of web sites, it is not a song written or performed by Leonard Cohen The song is "Got Yourself A Gun" by Alabama 3.
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