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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

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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Storyline

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

Gross USA:

$1,044,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,398,424
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Dolby Digital
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Quotes

Leonard Cohen: [explaining his song, "The Traitor"] It was about the feeling that we have of betraying some mission that we were mandated to fulfill, and being unable to fulfill it. And then coming to understand that the real mandate was not to fulfill it, and that the deeper courage, was to stand guiltless in the predicament in which you found yourself
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #20.1 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Your Man
Performed by Nick Cave
Written by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music (Canada) Inc. by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Published by 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.
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12 July 2006 | by Stone_Age_PilotSee all my reviews

It was a great hybrid, fascinating snippets and tidbits. Allow the filmmaker her vision. I loved the performances, which are all endearingly flawed. Cohen's humility transcends luminosity. Antony's performance tapped like vigilantes in my ribcage. It is true that the interruptions were off-putting, but they can't be labeled as digressions inasmuch as Leonard Cohen was the true star. In fact, several people I spoke with commented that they would have preferred it simply be Cohen sung by Cohen, but I rebut: What about Cohen's legacy? His legacy ( his legends, his mythology) is just as important as the man himself. To see a variety of accomplished performers dare offer their renditions of Cohen is not only compelling, it intoxicates the senses and the imagination.

A must see for any Montrealer or admirer of LC or simply poetry.


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