Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man

"The performers get so possessed by the words and melodies they're singing that you're transported by the sheer drama of their passion for Cohen's music." Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Director: Lian Lunson
Year: 2005
Country: USA
Running time: 105 mins

Photography: Geoff Hall, Lian Lunson, Brit Marling, John Pirozzi
Editor: Mike Cahill
Sound: Graham Wyse, Rob Schreiber, Marc Malouf
Music: Leonard Cohen

With: Leonard Cohen, Bono, The Edge, Rufus Wainwright, Antony, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Julie Christensen, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle, Linda Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Nick Cave, Perla Batalla, Teddy Thompson, The Handsome Family

Festivals: Toronto 2005; Sundance, Berlin 2006

Constructed around a 2005 tribute performance at Sydney’s Opera House, Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man is a celebratory mix of concert and documentary. Since bursting onto the scene in 1967, Cohen has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960s. He has influenced performers from Nick Cave to Rufus Wainright and Bono, each of whom make an impassioned and thrilling appearance here to celebrate Cohen’s 70th birthday. “As musical guests cover Cohen songs – highlights include Rufus Wainwright on “Hallelujah”, Nick Cave on “Suzanne” and Beth Orton and Jarvis Cocker on “Death of a Ladies Man” – the film cuts in interviews with Cohen interpreting his songs and telling of adventures that took him from New York clubs to a Zen monastery on California’s Mount Baldy. It’s only at the end that Cohen, joined by Bono and the Edge, raises his own voice on “Tower of Song”. It’s enough to send fans and converts alike to the Cohen library for more of the master himself.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone