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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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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)
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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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Canada:98 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:105 min
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Australia:G | Canada:G (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:S | Ireland:G | USA:PG-13
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Leonard Cohen:There is a beautiful moment in the Bhagavad Gita Arjuna. The general. The great general. He's standing in his chariot. And all the chariots are readied for war. And across the valley, he sees his opponents. And there he sees not just uncles and aunts and cousins...See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Tantalizing hodgepodge not quite worthy of a remarkable men, 26 June 2006
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Leonard Cohen is a songwriters' songwriter, like Townes van Zandt, about whom a documentary film appeared last year. The subject of this new one, produced by Lion's Gate Television and now in limited US release in theaters – is famous here and in Europe and an icon in Canada and still vital today, in his early seventies, after a very long career -- though younger mainstream pop fans may be unfamiliar with his name. A Jew from Montreal, the son of a successful haberdasher who died when he was nine but left him money to live on, Cohen means a lot to people who write songs or who've cared about lyrics from the Sixties when John Hammond discovered him and the Seventies when Robert Altman used his songs in McCabe and Mrs. Miller and on into the present day, when he has returned to perform after an absence of over a decade, partly due to financial need. But you won't get all this information from this documentary. Nor will this be the ideal introduction to the man and his work.

The film cuts into music with talking heads in the manner of such films and is mainly an editing together of a concert honoring Cohen featuring Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, and others with a long interview of Cohen at his home in L.A. interspersed with old footage of the man's life. Some overly pointed tricks with stills and overlays of red blobs are a distracting element in what otherwise is technically unimpressive film-making. The impression that emerges is that Cohen interviewed intercut with texts of his poems and himself singing would make a fine and intelligent film. Concerts by admirers would be another, lesser, film. Combining the two elements diminishes both and results in a film that seems slapped together.

At the end as a kind of surprise Cohen himself sings a song backed up by Bono and the Edge, who've sung his praises in words earlier. However this performance is unremarkable and not a climactic finale.

Cohen in his interview amid many wise and pithy remarks provides us with a tantalizingly sketchy narrative of what sounds like a fascinating life: we find out that he grew up in Montreal and was active with a group of poets there; has lived on the island of Hydra and in the Chelsea Hotel and made love to Janis Joplin and wrote a song about her; has a reputation as a ladies man but has spent "ten thousand nights alone"; has been ordained as a Zen monk and lived in a monastery on Mount Baldy; learned early the virtues of modesty and despair and the acceptance of failure as inevitable. We would like to learn more.

Respect is clearly due a writer-musician of such originality and intelligence, but apart from the uneasy linkage of interview and songs, the concert clips covered in this film might have been better if the performances had been more straightforward and less worshipful. The songs are made into anthems and the most essential element, the words, gets muddled. I'm pleased to be introduced to Rufus Wainwright, whose voice and personality are irresistible, and who's a Montrealer too. Nick Cave, whom some see as a kind of heir to Cohen as a complex lyricist, isn't half bad either in singing Cohen's songs, in a second-tier cabaret singer sort of way; his performance of Cohen's most famous song, "Susanne,"which even I immediately recognized, is not unworthy. And this is one place where the interview and the concert come together effectively, since Cohen comments on the song's actual origins just before the performance is shown.

There ought to have been more of the flat tuneless singing of Leonard Cohen himself, which is probably the best way to experience his lyrics, without too much musical embroidery. Is it that unlike Townes Van Zandt's, Cohen's Sixties and Seventies performances are unfilmed? The other speakers about the man are as worshipful as the concertizers. They go so overboard in praising him that they could be talking about Socrates or Jesus. Bono is an eloquent speaker, but not a precise one.

This overblown praise is curiously inappropriate for someone as modest and ironic as Cohen -- and so well able to speak for himself. When songwriters are also poets or wits, like Bob Dylan or Tom Lehrer or Cohen, they don't need tuneful voices but what they do need is clarity of diction -- which they have, and the men in the concert, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Wainwright, have, but the women performers, including Wainwright's own sister, tend to lack. The ideal audience for this film is one that can approach it already armed with worshipful reverence. If you know noting about Leonard Cohen, the place to start would be not here, but with his own recordings, moving on to the more detailed bios available online and then perhaps (though I haven't been there) to his published writings, which include both poems and novels. Only after acquiring a thorough familiarity with Cohen's writing and singing would one want to hear elaborate covers of his songs.

Some viewers of this film find Antony's performance of "If It Be Your Will" awesome and deeply moving. I found it awkward, peculiar, and embarrassing. Not for the first time in the film, egocentric hamming overpowered the simple power of the song. And ironically, when the performances most excelled musically, they seemed to lose touch with the Leonard Cohen flavor of the songs.

The director, Lian Lunson, is a woman from Australia who's a good friend of Bono and who has done a film about Willie Nelson – and has the dubious honor of having composed the music for The Passion of the Christ. She has said Mel Gibson is a big fan of both Cohen and Nick Cave, and helped her get the film produced by Lion's Gate.

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