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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)

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A documentary on the legendary singer-songwriter, with performances by those musicians he has influenced.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Cohen ... Himself
Martha Wainwright ... Herself
Beth Orton ... Herself
Jarvis Cocker ... Himself
Rufus Wainwright ... Himself
Nick Cave ... Himself
Perla Batalla Perla Batalla ... Herself
Julie Christensen Julie Christensen ... Herself
Anohni ... Himself (as Antony)
Linda Thompson Linda Thompson ... Herself
Teddy Thompson ... Himself
Kate McGarrigle Kate McGarrigle ... Herself
Anna McGarrigle Anna McGarrigle ... Herself
The Handsome Family The Handsome Family ... Themselves
Hal Willner ... Himself - Music Producer
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Legendary poet, singer/songwriter and alleged ladies man Leonard Cohen is interviewed in his L.A. home about his extraordinary life and times, interspersed with old footage from his private photo collection and lavish praise plus elaborately performed Cohen cover songs from a motley crew of colleague musicians, amongst whom Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker and U2's Bono and The Edge. By way of dessert the latter two and their band mates even get to back up the man for a special performance of his own. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t_prod@hotmail.com>

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Songwriter. Poet. Counter-culture icon. Consummate ladies' man.


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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leonard Cohen: Én itt vagyok neked See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,130, 25 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,036,050, 10 September 2006
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Dolby Digital
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Leonard Cohen: For many years, I was known as a monk, I shaved my head and wore robes, got up very early. I hated everyone but I acted generously, and no one found me out. My reputation as a ladies man was a joke. It caused me to laugh bitterly through the 10,000 nights I spent alone.
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Alternate Versions

Original screening at Sundance Film Festival included an additional duet of "Death of a Ladies' Man" by Jarvis Cocker & Beth Orton, which was cut from the theatrical cut due to copyright issues. See more »

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Everybody Knows
Performed by Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
Published by Universal-Geffen Music o/b/o Itself and Robinhill Music and Stranger Music Inc. (BMI) / Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)
All rights on behalf of Stranger Music Inc. and Sony/ATV Songs LLC are administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing,
8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203 USA.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Rufus Wainwright performs courtesy of Geffen Records
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Ungainly hybrid does not serve Leonard Cohen well
10 June 2006 | by wrickwolffSee all my reviews

This film was a disaster from start to finish. Interspersed with performances from "the next generation of beautiful losers" are interviews with Bono and The Edge as well as the performers themselves. This leaves little time for the clips of Leonard Cohen himself, who towers over everyone else in the film with his commanding yet gentle presence, wisdom and humor. The rest are too busy trying to canonize him as St. Leonard or as some Old Testament prophet. Many of the performances are forgettable over-interpretations (especially Rufus & Martha Wainright's) or bland under-achievements. Only Beth Orton and Anthony got within striking distance of Leonard's own versions by using a little restraint. Annoying little pseudo-avant-garde gestures are sprinkled throughout the film- like out of focus superimpositions of red spheres over many of the concert and interview shots, shaky blurred camera work, use of digital delay on some of Leonard Cohen's comments (making it harder to hear what's being said) and a spooky, pretentious low drone under a lot of the interview segments (an attempt at added gravitas?). For the real thing, see the Songs From The Life Of documentary produced by the BBC in 1988.


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