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Older film about Cohen the poet, not Cohen the musician,
This review is from: Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen (DVD)
This DVD (and presumably the VHS version too) is composed of 2 parts: a 1960's era Canadian Film Board "documentary" about Cohen, and 4 short experimental music-video-like segments.
Fans who know Leonard Cohen only through his music can expect either to be disappointed (because the film largely predates and ignores this aspect of his life), or excited to learn that Cohen is very much a world-class poet first and a musician second.
The texture of the documentary is quaint, even funny to those of us who grew up with MTV. It follows Cohen though his daily life, as he speaks to everyday people on the street and crowds of fans in auditoriums, and feels strangely like a propaganda film at times.
The "selected discography" on the DVD is suprisingly useless and doesn't bother to list most of his albums.
All in all, an interesting look at Cohen in his spry younger years. Recommended.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2015 4:05:20 PM PST
Ella McCrystle says:
I'd only add one little note to this review: if you're a fan of Cohen The Musician, then you already know he's a first rate poet!
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