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Leonard Cohen: Under Review 1934-1977 (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 6 May 2006
The man's an enigma wrapped in a mystery, his music, an acquired taste that appeals universally, and his life one of great art, astonishing experience, and myriad circumstance. Leonard ... See full summary »
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Leonard Cohen ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Devlin Jim Devlin ... Himself / Leonard Cohen Biographer
Ira Nadel Ira Nadel ... Herself - Leonard Cohen Biographer
Robert Christgau ... Himself / Rolling Stone Magazine
Johnny Rogan Johnny Rogan ... Himself / Music Journalist and Author
Irving Layton Irving Layton ... Himself (archive footage)
Beryl Fox Beryl Fox ... Herself / Interviewer from 'This Hour Has Seven Days' (archive footage)
Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage)
Lou Reed ... Himself (archive footage)
Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Collins ... Herself (archive footage)
John Simon John Simon ... Himself / Producer: Songs of Leonard Cohen
Nigel Williamson ... Himself / Contributing Editor, Uncut Magazine
Anthony DeCurtis ... Himself / Rolling Stone Magazine
Andrew Mueller Andrew Mueller ... Himself / Music Journalist: The Guardian
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The man's an enigma wrapped in a mystery, his music, an acquired taste that appeals universally, and his life one of great art, astonishing experience, and myriad circumstance. Leonard Cohen was never going to be the man on the street. Leonard Cohen - Under Review 1934-1977 is a 90-minute documentary film which reviews the poetry, music, performances and career of one of contemporary America's greatest artists. Features include: Musical performances of Leonard Cohen reviewed by our team of esteemed experts. Obscure footage, rare interviews and rarely seen photographs of and with Leonard. Review, comment, criticism and insight from; official Cohen biographer, Ira Nadel; Leonard's regular guitarist and band leader, Ron Cornelius; producer on the New Skin For The Old Ceremony and New Positions albums, John Lissauer; studio owner and engineer on Death of A Ladies' Man, David Gold, Cohen's backing vocalist, Ronee Blakley; producer of Songs of Leonard Cohen, John Simon; Music Editor from ...

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English

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6 May 2006 (UK) See more »

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Leonard Cohen - The Early Years See more »

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Wonderful Film for Leonard Cohen fans
24 July 2019 | by sashlaurenSee all my reviews

LEONARD COHEN UNDER REVIEW - 1934-1977

Leonard Cohen - Under Review 1934-1977 is basically a chronological review of the first four+ decades of Leonard's life largely via a journey through his albums: Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate, New Skin for the Old Ceremony, and Death of a Ladies' Man, which are critiqued and cooed over by a Cohen loving clan including:

Official biographer, Ira Nadel; Leonard's guitarist and band leader, Ron Cornelius; Producer on the New Skin For The Old Ceremony and New Positions albums, John Lissauer; Studio owner/engineer, Death of A Ladies' Man, David Gold; Cohen's backing vocalist, Ronee Blakley; Producer of Songs of Leonard Cohen, John Simon; Music Editor from Village Voice, Robert Christgau; Rolling Stone magazine's Anthony De Curtis and more.

The film weaves together musical performances, photos, videos, and interviews with Leonard. We see his background in Montréal, Canada and learn about his Jewish roots and love for his heritage. We learn how he was swept up by literature and poets Elliot, Keats, and Lorca and then follow his path to Greenwich Village in 1955 where he engaged with the folk music and beat poetry scene.

Then he discovered the Grecian Island, Hydra, a Bohemian artistic haven. In Greece, Leonard fell in love, wrote two novels, and then ended up back again in Greenwich Village where he began his music career. We see him move to Tennessee and immerse himself into his recordings there. Then there is the Phil Spector wall-of-sound bumbler, a non-harmonious marriage of musical worlds that birthed an album that Leonard couldn't embrace as his own.

A considerable part of the film is footage of the colleagues who praise him and twinkle at the mention of his name. I understand this, as when it comes to Leonard Cohen, I'm a teenager with a crush, infatuated with the totality of his being -- If you love Leonard like I do, this film will quench you like a cool shower on a sweltering day. In fact, I feel parched right now and must see this movie again.


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