Monday, July 24, 2006

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

My first exposure to Leonard Cohen was through Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah." When I first heard Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," I hated it. I didn't understand it. It was too weird for me. I didn't like his whole talking thing. But, over time, his albums stayed with me and I enjoyed them more and more. I came to love his lyrics, particularly on songs like "Suzanne" and "Chelsea Hotel No. 2." For a while, The 2 disc Essential Leonard Cohen was a fixture in my car, perfect for sitting in traffic with the windows down.

I was incredibly excited to see the Lian Lunson documentary, "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man." Partially because it was about the great LC and partially because the guest stars read like my ipod: Antony, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and U2. I saw the movie last night and loved it. It is a great mix of documentary and concert film. The performances of the artists covering Leonard Cohen are great. Antony's "If It Be Your Will" was particularly moving as was Rufus Wainwright's "Hallelujah" (although secretly I was hoping they would dig up some old footage of Jeff Buckley performing it live). But the best performance of the movie was an incredible version of "Tower of Song" with Leonard Cohen backed by U2.

The soundtrack comes out tomorrow (July 25th) and should be incredible. It includes all the songs played in the movie plus some extras. I am looking forward to this one.


Anonymous Brad Barrish said...

You have got to be kidding me. I'm a huge Leonard Choen fan, but this film was so bad, I walked out. I've NEVER walked out of a film. This was the first. It sure looked like it was going to be a documentary from the trailer. They somehow left out the awful performances part. How much documentary footage would you say there was? 5 minutes for every 20 minutes of performance? Awful! Just awful. What a piece of garbage.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Brad Barrish said...

Cohen. Choen. Bah!

7:04 PM  
Anonymous dan said...

Its funny you said that, because I watched the trailer after I got home from the movie. I couldn't remember either, but the trailer is very clear that there are live performances. I thought the performances made the movie.

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