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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (PG-13)

Release Date: June 21st, 2006 (Film Forum) by Lionsgate.
Directed by Lian Lunson.

BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about Leonard Cohen, a singer, songwriter and poet.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man will entertain devoted fans of Leonard Cohen, but for those who haven’t heard him or heard of him before, this film does go far enough in showing how great of an artist he is. Director Lian Lunson awkwardly mixes concert footage from a January 2005 performance with interviews. The concert includes many songs writer by Cohen include “Everybody Knows”, “Hallelujah”, “Chelsea Hotel #2”, “Death of a Ladies’ Man”, and “Tower of Song” all sung by different artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Julie Christensen and Beth Orton, namely. Only “Tower of Song” and “I’m Your Man” are actually sung by Leonard Cohen. Lunson ultimately fails to include interviews with Cohen that brings him to life—he seems tired in every interview. A good interview consists of provocative questions, but Lunson just scratches the surface. The performances during the concert footage are great to listen to, but they won’t help to bring new fans. On a positive note, at the end of the concert, each musician, no matter how big or small his/her role is, gets a introduced to the audience with standing ovations—but what about Leonard Cohen? More focus and attention on him would have made this a much more engaging and memorable film.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Not enough attention give to its subject, Leonard Cohen.


IN A NUTSHELL: Strictly for Leonard Cohen devotees. Mildly entertaining, but unfocused and dull.


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