Sunday, July 16, 2006

leonard cohen film review: i’m your man


In an effort to keep awake, I went movie hunting. I took a punt on Leonard Cohen: I’m your man and it was a great choice. The movie is a chronological journey through the life of a man I consider a lyrical genius. This is mixed with live concert songs from Came so Far for Beauty; artists like Nick Cave, Beth Orton and Rufus Wainwright singing Leonard Cohen’s songs. There is also lots of interviews with Leonard, plus comment from Bono and the Edge which adds depth to the songs.

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

I found lots to ponder in relation to creativity and spirituality and humanity. It was probably the jet lag but I find the movie quite moving. Now I am just hoping they release the sound track.

Trailer here

Posted by steve at 05:43 PM


  1. Cool. I’ll have to rent this one. My daughter and I prayed for you tonight. We also prayed for our neighbors who are moving.

    I think I am on permanent jet lag. In some sense, I am learning to live with it.

    Part of it is realizing that sleep doesn’t necessarily equal good mood and clarity. So, the lack of it, I am beginning to try and enjoy.

    But this isn’t jet lag… it is having an eight month old… and having a seven year old… and having an overactive noggin… that isn’t necessarily nogging anything… but nevertheless… nogging.

    Comment by Keith — July 16, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

  2. I definitely must see this – thanks for finding this!

    I’m a huge admirer of Cohen’s lyrical ability too.

    I understand he and Dylan used to swap lyrics when they got stuck on songs or could go no further with them.

    My favourite Cohen lyric:
    You say I took the name in vain
    I don’t even know the name
    But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
    There’s a blaze of light
    In every word
    It doesn’t matter which you heard
    The holy or the broken Hallelujah

    Comment by Randall — July 17, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

  3. btw – looks like there is a soundtrack

    (if the link doesn’t work you can get to this thru the movie website:

    Comment by Randall — July 17, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

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