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Leonard Cohen is widely regarded as one of the finest and most influential poets and songwriters of his generation, a writer whose artful mélange of love, eros, and despair has earned him a passionate international following and the respect and admiration of artists ranging from R.E.M. to Johnny Cash. In 2005, music producer Hal Wilner staged an all-star tribute concert in Australia in which a handful of major artists offered their interpretations of Cohen's songs, including Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, Kate and Anna Mcgarrigle, and many more. Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man includes highlights from this concert and thoughts on Cohen and his work from the participants as well as an extensive interview with Leonard Cohen himself as he talks in detail about his life and his art. The film also includes a special performance of "Tower of Song," in which Cohen is accompanied by U2. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
This documentary on Leonard Cohen is a very good analysis of who this singer/songwriter/poet really is. It showcases many great performances of Cohen's songs by many of today's alternative artists. Some highlights include "If It Be Your Will" by Antony and "Halleluijah" by Rufus and Martha Wainwright; as well as a rendition of "I'm Your Man" at the end of the movie by Leonard Cohen himself (accompanied by U2.) Watch if you like great songwriting and the man behind a great song.
Fantastic music, though I was expecting more of an emphasis on the music/concert than on Cohen (they interrupted every song with interviews; I wish they could have been separate). Also, there was no sign of Teddy Thompson performing The Future, even though it's on the CD...
What a disappointment. A critic wrote a review that went "Moments so beautiful, it brought me to tears." Well, this movie brought me to tears all right, I was bored to tears that is. Is this a documentary? Or a concert movie? Half of this movie, no exaggeration, are close-ups of second rate (with the exception of U2) performers defiling Cohen's songs. The other half is old footage, new footage made to feel old (mostly Cohen walking about his home) and Bono going on and on about how he worships Cohen. There were a bits of pieces of clips of Cohen telling some stories, but the style is very plain. Don't get me wrong, I love Cohen, but I didn't learn much about Cohen through this experience. I learned much more about him by spending 5 minutes on the Internet (youtube, wikipedia, etc). There is a lot of interesting things to say about Cohen, but this movie fails to convey any of these. For instance, some of his best songs, "Bird on a Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat" (which aren't even mentioned here) were considered "unfinished" by Cohen. I would have liked to seen some of these interesting nuances examined, and I would liked to have heard Cohen's original versions sung by him as part of, shall I say it, a score to the movie. And there is plenty of old concert footage, from when Cohen was in his prime, that could have been included in a chronological telling of his life and career. But this movie has no direction, little organization, and to say that this movie does an injustice to Cohen is an understatement.
I thoughly enjoyed this, especially since I had no idea what to expect going into it and not much knowledge of Leonard Cohen's music or of the various performers in this movie. I was so pleasantly surprised at the many wonderful, albeit some quirky, performances which kept me and my entire family completely glued to the screen. I absolutely adored Rufus Wainwright, and Antony's performance stayed with me for days. I craved to watch it again, but I unfortunately returned it too quickly.
For some reason or another it's super difficult for me to watch a lot of performances, and there's quite a bit of other artists performing Leonard Cohen's songs. A few are notable however, both of Nick Cave's, and all of Rufus Wainwright's. Bono's appearences throughout the movie are a bit obnoxious, but that may be because I have an unfounded dislike of Bono. This movie was worth at least a watch, at least when Cohen speaks between songs it's interesting.
cant anyone do a succesful documentary of a poet?! not as bad as dylans encounter with scorsese but this really lacked substance. even made me never want to listen to bono again. poor dumb kid. but cohen, is very interesting. they didnt do his best songs, or his best quotes or interviews.. kind of a B material. but they thru it together, tied in a weak interview current and they got this waste of time for those who dont know his music alot. i enjoyed it, but i expect im the only one.
if you've never heard of leonard cohen, or if you've heard him but don't think you like his music, you must watch this film. if you're already a fan, well, u get it. various artist describe wht the songwriting talents of cohen have done for them; some of the bands i didn't personally care for, but the overall feeling of his work is magical & the love these artists feel for his music comes across as genuine & remarkable.
Leonard Cohen is my musical god, and, miraculously, "I'm Your Man" captures all the poetic wit, staggering symbology, and humanistic contradictions of the man and his music. It's a tribute concert masquerading as a documentary, and fans crowed that Mr. Cohen doesn't get enough screen time. But like the greatest contemporary songsmiths -- Sondheim, Dylan, Lennon, Mitchell -- his life is in his work. And, like those artists, Cohen's music isn't merely covered. It is interpreted. The performances here are by turns meditative, frenzied, and wonderful, with Rufus and Martha, Antony, Nick Cave, and Beth Orton throwing light into to the darkest corners of Cohen's soulful music to finally prove what never needed to be proven -- his genius is singular. And when he finally steps up to sing the masterful "Tower of Song," it is not only the movie's climax. It is Mr. Cohen's apotheosis. He's our man.