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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man -- 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, and cultural icon.
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man -- A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.

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8 September 2006 (Finland) See more »
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A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Leonard Cohen ... Himself

Martha Wainwright ... Herself

Beth Orton ... Herself

Jarvis Cocker ... Himself

Rufus Wainwright ... Himself

Nick Cave ... Himself
Perla Batalla ... Herself
Julie Christensen ... Herself
Antony Hegarty ... Himself (as Antony)
Linda Thompson ... Herself
Teddy Thompson ... Himself
Kate McGarrigle ... Herself
Anna McGarrigle ... Herself
The Handsome Family ... Themselves
Hal Willner ... Himself - Music Producer

The Edge ... Himself (as Edge)

Bono ... Himself
Janice ... Burlesque Beauty
Jo Weldon ... Burlesque Beauty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Burger ... Himself (uncredited)

Adam Clayton ... Himself (uncredited)

Larry Mullen Jr. ... Himself (uncredited)
Brett Sparks ... Himself (uncredited)
Rennie Sparks ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Lian Lunson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lian Lunson 

Produced by
Kevin L. Beggs .... executive producer (as Kevin Beggs)
Bruce Davey .... executive producer
Bruce Davey .... producer
Mel Gibson .... executive producer
Mel Gibson .... producer
Sarah Greenberg .... executive producer
Lian Lunson .... producer
Erik Nelson .... executive producer
Tim Palen .... executive producer
Sandra Stern .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Leonard Cohen (music composed by)
 
Film Editing by
Mike Cahill 
 
Production Management
John Bayley .... production manager: The Sydney Festival
Michele Bennett .... executive in charge of production: Cherub Pictures
Dave Harding .... executive in charge of production: Lionsgate
Rebecca Morley .... production manager: Slipper Room, New York City
David Schnirman .... production manager (segment "Came So Far For Beauty")
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lissa Twomey .... associate director: The Sydney Festival
 
Art Department
Leonard Cohen .... artwork
 
Sound Department
Eric Liljestrand .... post-production audio
Mark Maloof .... sound recordist: Slipper Room, New York City (as Mark Malouf)
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Royce Sanderson .... house sound operator: The Sydney Opera House
David Schnirman .... sound engineer: 'Came So Far For Beauty'
Robert Schreiber .... sound recordist: Sydney (as Rob Schreiber)
Peter Staubli .... sound editor
Graham Wyse .... sound recordist: Sydney
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rodney Bolton .... camera operator: Sydney
Simeon Bryan .... camera assistant: Sydney
Mike Cahill .... director of photography: second unit, Slipper Room, New York City
Joe Foley .... camera operator: Slipper Room, New York City
Geoffrey Hall .... director of photography: Sydney (as Geoff Hall)
Nick Harder .... key grip: Slipper Room, New York City
Marcus Hides .... camera operator: Sydney
Mike Hursh .... swing: Slipper Room, New York City
Curt A. Jentsch .... gaffer: Slipper Room, New York City (as Curt Jenesch)
Lian Lunson .... photography: Super 8, Sydney
Brit Marling .... director of photography: second unit, Sydney
Rick Nagle .... technician: HD, Slipper Room, New York City (as Rick Nagel)
Toshiaki Ozawa .... camera operator: Slipper Room, New York City (as Toshi Ozawa)
John Pirozzi .... director of photography: Slipper Room, New York City
Matt Toll .... camera operator: Sydney
Jay Torta .... camera assistant: Sydney
Simon Williams .... camera assistant: Sydney
 
Editorial Department
Mike Cahill .... on-line editor
Tom Koykka .... post-production consultant
Bobby Maruvada .... on-line editor (as Bobby Maravuda)
 
Music Department
Robbie Adams .... recording engineer: Slipper Room, New York City
Perla Batalla .... featured performer
Steven Bernstein .... musical director: Came So Far For Beauty concert
Bono .... performer: Slipper Room, New York City
Robert Burger .... musician (as Rob Burger)
Charles Burnham .... musician (as Charlie Burnham)
Mollie B. Casey .... music assistant: Lionsgate (as Mollie B Casey)
Nick Cave .... featured performer
Julie Christensen .... featured performer
Adam Clayton .... performer: Slipper Room, New York City
Jarvis Cocker .... featured performer
David Coulter .... musician
Don Falzone .... musician
The Handsome Family .... featured performer
Antony Hegarty .... featured performer (as Antony)
Joel C. High .... music executive: Lionsgate (as Joel C High)
Briggan Krauss .... musician (as Briggan Krause)
Thomas D. Mahoney .... music coordinator
Anna McGarrigle .... featured performer
Kate McGarrigle .... featured performer (as Kate)
Maxim Moston .... musician
Larry Mullen Jr. .... performer: Slipper Room, New York City (as Larry Mullen Jnr.)
Beth Orton .... featured performer
Rebecca Rienks .... music coordinator: Lionsgate
Chris Spedding .... musician: guitars
The Edge .... performer: Slipper Room, New York City (as Edge)
Linda Thompson .... featured performer
Teddy Thompson .... featured performer
Martha Wainwright .... featured performer
Rufus Wainwright .... featured performer
Joan Wasser .... musician
Hal Willner .... music producer
Kenny Wollesen .... musician
 
Other crew
Ivy Kagan Bierman .... production attorney: Morrison and Foester
Brigid Callaery .... stage manager: The Sydney Opera House
Robert D. Cooper .... production attorney: Morrison and Foester (as Robert D Cooper)
Mathieu Dada .... production coordinator: Slipper Room, New York City
Katie Goodhind .... production coordinator: The Sydney Festival
Alex Hernandez .... production assistant: Slipper Room, New York City
Kelly Kivland .... administrative assistant (concert "Came So Far For Beauty")
Barry Lapthorne .... event manager: The Sydney Opera House
Marina .... craft service: Slipper Room, New York City
Janine Dreyer Nichols .... assistant artistic director (concert "Came So Far For Beauty") (as Janine Nichols)
Paula Parrish .... production assistant: Slipper Room, New York City
Sean Smith .... production assistant: Slipper Room, New York City
Stella .... caterer
Tim Stephen .... production attorney: Lionsgate
Henry Symons Jones .... production assistant: Sydney
Hal Willner .... artistic director (concert "Came So Far For Beauty")
Hal Willner .... curator (concert "Came So Far For Beauty")
Jim Woodard .... tour manager (concert "Came So Far For Beauty")
 
Thanks
Zal Batmanglij .... special thanks
Michele Bennett .... special thanks
Jeff Breithaupt .... thanks: Pomegranate Arts and THE OFFICE performing arts + film would like to thank
Linda Brumbach .... acknowledgment: for Pomegranate Arts
Laurie Cearley .... acknowledgment: for THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Olli Chanoff .... acknowledgment: for THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Rachel Chanoff .... acknowledgment: for THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Leonard Cohen .... special thanks
Lorca Cohen .... special thanks
Michelle Findlay .... special thanks
Louis Ford .... acknowledgment: photograph of Frank R Scott
Catriona Garde .... special thanks
Melissa Haggerty .... acknowledgment: for Sundance Channel
Kaleb Kilkenny .... acknowledgment: for Pomegranate Arts
Barry Lapthorne .... special thanks
Shan Lui .... special thanks
Steve Matthews .... special thanks
John Max .... acknowledgment: photograph of Leonard Cohen
Frances McCahon .... special thanks
Laura Michalchyshyn .... acknowledgment: for Sundance Channel
Guy Morley .... thanks: Pomegranate Arts and THE OFFICE performing arts + film would like to thank
Alisa E. Regas .... acknowledgment: for Pomegranate Arts
Sharon Robinson .... special thanks
Edward Sanders .... special thanks (as Ed Sanders)
Ellen Seligman .... acknowledgment: photographs of Irving Leyton, Frank R Scott, Leonard Cohen kindly granted with permission by, McClelland and Stewart
Brett Sheehy .... thanks: Pomegranate Arts and THE OFFICE performing arts + film would like to thank
Sam Tata .... acknowledgment: photograph of Irving Leyton
Bright Young Things .... special thanks
Anjani Thomas .... special thanks
Lissa Twomey .... special thanks
U2 .... special thanks
Jack Walsh .... thanks: Pomegranate Arts and THE OFFICE performing arts + film would like to thank
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material
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USA:105 min | Canada:98 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Australia:G | Canada:G (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:S | Ireland:G | USA:PG-13
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Quotes:
Leonard Cohen:[explaining his song, "The Traitor"] It was about the feeling that we have of betraying some mission that we were mandated to fulfill, and being unable to fulfill it. And then coming to understand that the real mandate was not to fulfill it, and that the deeper courage, was to stand guiltless in the predicament in which you found yourselfSee more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Celebrating Leonard Cohen, 15 July 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

First of all, this documentary focuses on a concert that was a tribute to Leonard Cohen, an artist and a poet that has been influential to countless others. This Sydney concert gathered a lot of talent that came together to celebrate his music. Lian Lunson, an Australian director, has taken the best tracks of the historical presentation that mixes well with the man it's paying homage to. Let the viewer be clear that for a better picture of who this man is and what he has done in his life, it will not be found in this movie. For that, anyone interested in Cohen's life must go somewhere else because of the limitations this medium had.

The life of Leonard Cohen is examined briefly as an on camera interview with him at his Los Angeles home. Several biographical bits of information are revealed during that conversation, but of course, it only covers the highlights of his life in sketchy details. One gets to know, for instance, about his early life in Montreal. The death of the father when Cohen was nine. His New York stay, at the legendary Chelsea Hotel, home of the cool people that influenced a whole generation. Then one learns about Mr. Cohen's introduction to Zen Buddism and his becoming a monk.

A curious note arises from the lips of Leonard Cohen's lips about being a notorious ladies' man, something he was always notorious for, and yet, how far from the truth it was. There is also a moment in which the poet reads for our benefit the introduction he prepared for one of his books being translated into Chinese, a culture that always fascinated him.

The concert itself is an excellent way to hear Leonard Cohen's songs as others interpret them. Rufus Wainwright sings three numbers to great effect. Antony makes a poignant appearance belting "If It Be Your Will", all tics and mannerisms, yet making the song seem new. Nick Cave has also two good moments interpreting "I'm Your Man", and "Suzanne", two of the songs closely associated with Mr. Cohen. Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen who back up most of the songs, are perfect in "Anthem". Martha Wainwright's take on "The Traitor" has a different edge when she sings it, yet it's one of the highlights of the evening.

The best is left for last. Bono, and Edge, who have been praising Mr. Cohen throughout the film come together to back him as he sings his "Tower of Song" in his own inimitable style. It shows a lot of generosity on his part leaving his own material to be reexamined by a younger generation that clearly loves him.

Lian Lunson shows she had the right idea in how to bring the concert into a movie that gives relevance to a man that had it all, Leonard Cohen.

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