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Posted October 1, 2010
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Sometimes I think Leonard Cohen is the most underappreciated musician in the last hundred years because no one I know has ever heard of the man. Then I see something like this movie, that reminds that there are people out there with a great appreciation of this phenomenal musical talent. This documentary gathers a few famous faces and a number of musicians I've never heard of (lots of Canadians maybe?) and films a concert put on in tribute to the music of Cohen. It's ALL good. You might not find all your favorite songs performed, but a great many of them, and all of them are done with incredible love and style. However, I've never quite understood the concert documentary. Why watch the filmed concert when you can play the CD as much as you like when you're in your car or when you're working? Of course the concert is only half of the movie. The other half, interspersed through the film, is a candid interview with Mr. Cohen and the artists discussing his genius. The interviews with Cohen are incredibly insightful and eye-opening for anyone interested in his music. The only flaw is that these interviews are so short. Why not make the WHOLE movie the interview portion, a filmed biography of the man, providing his music in the background as soundtrack? So what we've got feels like two half-documentaries, half a concert and half an interview. For what it is, it's wonderful, I just wish it were more.
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