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:: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Leonard Cohen has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the Sixties. Cohen’s songs which frequently centre on the themes of love, loneliness and spirituality have been covered by a wide range of artists including Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Joan Baez, Roberta Flack, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Sting, Elton John and Willie Nelson.

In the film, Director Lian Lunson celebrates the Cohen legacy in an intimate look at the songs, poetry and life of one of music’s most celebrated and influential troubadours. In January 2005, Lunson travelled to Sydney to film the historic “Came So Far For Beauty” show, a tribute to Cohen at the Sydney Opera House organised by famed music producer Hal Willner.

The film is made up of live performances given by Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Antony, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Julie Christensen and Perla Bartalla, as well as a special performance of “Tower Of Song” by Cohen and Bono & U2. As well as the live performances, interviews with Cohen are dispersed throughout the film and afford an insight into the creator of the songs seen in concert. He reflects upon the inspirations and means of creating his poetry and artwork and via the interview, this most private of artists reveals something of the humour and intensity many of his songs.

Sure to please diehard Cohen fans and the newly initiated, Lunson’s film is a beautiful record of captivating music, and an intimate portrait of a truly singular artist. Each performance is mesmerizing with the film benefiting tremendously from Willner’s brilliant pairing of song and performer, which yields classic interpretations of “Hallelujah”, “Sisters of Mercy”, and the film’s title track, “I’m Your Man.” One of the best music films in many years.