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Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 (2009)

Forty summers ago on a windswept island just off England's southern coastline, a young Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist named Leonard Cohen delivered the performance of a lifetime.

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Himself (archive footage)
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Forty summers ago on a windswept island just off England's southern coastline, a young Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist named Leonard Cohen delivered the performance of a lifetime.

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The Partisan
Written by Anna Marly (as A. Betoulinsky) / Hy Zaret (as H. Zaret) / J. Roussel
Universal-MCA Music Publishing/Universal Studios
Performed by Leonard Cohen & The Army
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A wonderful time machine for Cohen's fans
7 March 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Basically footage from a 1970 concert, bookended and interleaved with some context and, thankfully, presented without much evident editing. Some audience scenes are inserted, and some modern interviews, to help set the context. The quality is surprisingly excellent, with very few artifacts of age; the picture and the sound are very clear.

Leonard Cohen has been an important force in music since the 1960s. For those of us who admire him and his work, this is a terrific look at a seemingly fearless performer as he was 40 years ago. His performance is perhaps less polished than now, but the powerful intimacy and kaleidoscopic imagery of his poetry are as affecting as ever. I'm grateful to the makers of this film for bringing this to us.


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