SONGWRITER. POET. COUNTER-CULTURE ICON. CONSUMMATE LADIES’ MAN.
It is a 2003 tribute concert to Leonard Cohen in the Sydney Opera House that becomes the starting point for this documentary about one of Canada’s most famous artists, the beloved poet and musician with the deep, brooding voice. Clips from the concert (where famous singers like Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright and Nick Cave deliver personal interpretations of Cohen classics) are peppered throughout an interview with Cohen, who talks about his upbringing, writing and why he decided to join a Buddhist monastery in the 1990s. It all ends with the star performing his “Tower of Song” with U2 (who put their special spin on the song). Fascinating for fans, interesting for those who know very little about Cohen.
2005-U.S. 105 min. Color-B/W. Directed by Lian Lunson.
Trivia: Co-produced by Mel Gibson. Other stars appearing at the Sydney concert include Martha Wainwright, Antony and Beth Orton.