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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
Runtime:
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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62 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Frustrating experience but still some good performances & good Leonard Cohen stories, 22 September 2005
Author: saareman (alan.teder@sympatico.ca) from Toronto, Canada

This was a frustrating experience to sit through. Part concert film, part biography with historical footage & photos, part present day interview, these various strands seem to be struggling with each other. This was filmed primarily at a series of Leonard Cohen tribute performances organized by producer Hal Willner in Sydney, Australia during January 2005 under the banner of "Came So Far For Beauty". Many of the same artists had also performed similar concerts during 2004 in New York City and the UK. Interview clips with Leonard Cohen at his home in LA along with some archival photos and film footage are interspersed into the concert scenes.

The flow of this wasn't always very satisfying and there was one aspect that began to get more irritating the longer the film went on. The filmmakers begin sabotaging their own concert artists by editing/interjecting an occasional red sparkle/red sequin image over their performances, which you gradually realize is a foreshadowing of Leonard Cohen's own performance with U2 (filmed at a totally separate non-concert staged studio setting) to come at the very end of the film. It is like they're constantly saying: "Don't worry if you don't like this particular performance, Leonard Cohen himself is yet to come!". What kind of message is that to send in the middle of your film with other performers? Some songs are even interrupted in mid-performance by historical or interview footage and then when Leonard Cohen is telling some good anecdote we go back to another cheat sheet performance (many of the singers don't seem to know the lyrics, so their eyes and eyelids constantly have a downcast/lidded look as they look to their music stands for the words). Still, there are some terrific performances here by Rufus Wainwright (on "Everybody Knows", "Chelsea Hotel #2" & "Hallelujah") Martha Wainwright (on "The Traitor") Beth Orton & Jarvis Cocker (duet on "Death of a Ladies' Man) and former Leonard Cohen band alumni Perla Battala & Julie Christensen (they also lend terrific support for most of the other singers) on "Anthem" and with the greatest revelation being the single monikered Antony (actually Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons) giving a show-stealing rendition of "If It Be Your Will".

Leonard Cohen's & U2's seemingly mimed/lip-synced performance of "Tower of Song" comes as a big let down at the end. Even more frustratingly, the main concert's rehearsal clips show the rest of the singers rehearsing a group finale, which, after a search on the internet (see http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/hw-sydney.html), I found out was the Sydney show's closing number "Memories" ("I walked up to the tallest and the blondest girl, I said, look, you don't know me now, but pretty soon you will, So won't you let me see, won't you let me see, won't you let me see…, your naked body.") which would have made for a much more humorous and rollicking finale but is sadly not to be seen in the film. A great opportunity lost but perhaps still a future possibility for a DVD down the road. Still, Leonard Cohen tells some great stories and Rufus Wainwright gets to tell his own personal "Leonard Cohen moment" story and Nick Cave gets to talk about his discovery of "Songs of Love and Hate", but I would rather have had a pure concert film or a pure interview/biography (or better yet, both separately!) rather than this hybrid which doesn't satisfy either craving completely. The good moments rescue this enough to bring it up to a 7 out of 10.

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