MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE is a beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of free love and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. It was on Hydra in 1968 that director Nick Broomfield, then aged 20, first met Marianne Ihlen. Marianne introduced him to Leonard Cohen's music and also encouraged Nick to make his first film and was an enormous influence on him. Marianne and Leonard's was a love story that would continue for the rest of their lives. Along the way we learn of the tragedy that befell those that could not survive the beauty of Hydra, the highs and lows of Leonard's career, and the inspirational power that Marianne possessed.
Later... with Jools Holland--Giants is a collection of classic live performances from a decade of the late-night BBC music show. Everyone will have their favourites and, no doubt, differing opinions on what constitutes a musical "giant". What is indisputable here is the sheer volume and variety of artists and styles on offer. The 32 performers range from Pete Towshend to Blondie; Paul Weller to Willie Nelson; Leonard Cohen to Jeff Beck; Page and Plant to Ronnie Spector and the Divine Comedy. The acts vary in quality--Brian Ferry's posturing, staccato rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" and Georgie Fame's futile, asthmatic efforts to keep up with the beat on "Yeh! Yeh!" are notable low points--but thankfully the few weaker moments are more than compensated for by tour de force performances from the likes of Al Green, REM, Tony Bennett, Dusty Springfield and George Benson. Your enjoyment will obviously depend on a desire to see these greats play, but where else are you going to get both Robbie Williams belting out an impromptu performance of "Suspicious Minds" and Solomon Burke singing "Cry to Me" from an enormous golden throne? On the DVD: Later... with Jools Holland--Giants comes with a desirable selection of interviews with 10 of the featured performers. Sadly, they are tantalisingly short--never longer than three minutes, some little more than a minute--and never stretch beyond Holland's stock questions or brief, if entertaining, anecdotes. Also included are: a "playlist" feature, which allows you to select six of your favourite tracks and play them in an order of your choice, normal track selection, subtitles and a credit list. --Paul Philpott
Tracklist:1. Lover Lover Lover2. Bird On The Wire3. Chelsea Hotel4. Heart With No Companion5. That Don't Make It Junk6. Waiting For The Miracle7. Avalanche8. Suzanne9. The Partisan10. Famous Blue Raincoat11. Hallelujah12. Closing Time
Concert documentary paying tribute to one of music's most celebrated artists.
Thirty years ago half a million flower children set sail for the Isle Of Wight in search of peace love and understanding. They also witnessed one of the greatest ever rock festivals with legendary live performances from well known greats of the era. This DVD tells the story of the great event from backstage banter to the terrific live performances. Featuring performances by: The Doors - 'When The Music's Over' The Who - 'Young Man Blues' Jimi Hendrix - 'Machine Gun' Joni
Death is real it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance in dealing with life and death The Tibetan Book of The Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen this enlightening programme explores the sacred text and boldly visualises the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. A Way Of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional
This jazzy black and white film portrait catches the imaginative energies lyrical and comical of a young Leonard Cohen the quicksilver poet novelist and songwriter. Arguably the first and last post war romantic writer - as the voice of the questing hedonistic pre-feminist sixties.
Tracklist:1. Avalanche2. Suzanne3. Tonight Will Be Free4. Passing Through5. Sisters Of Mercy6. Who By Fire7. Story Of Isaac8. One Of Us Can't Be Wrong9. The Partisan10. Nancy11. Sisters Of Mercy12. Chelsea Hotel13. Famous Blue Raincoat14. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye15. So Long, Marianne16. Bird On A WireBird On A Wire
In Leonard Cohens Lonesome Heroes the scope and detail of Cohens artistic inspirations is put under the microscope to quite fascinating result. Cohens first love was poetry and in the works of the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca and his fellow Canadian Irving Layton he found the words that moved him to create his own verse. The beat writers too hit a note with Leonard and their work has lived with him throughout his career. It may not come as a surprise to find Bob Dylan and Judy Collins as part of this index but perhaps a less acknowledged genre of interest to Cohen is Country music - however he was deeply affected by performers such as Hank Williams Hank Snow and the country recordings of Ray Charles. And the fact Cohens records have always achieved greater success in Europe than in North America may partly be due to his love of the Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel. These and many others artists are here shown to have played a crucial role in the formation of Leonard Cohen's muse. But religion and spirituality too have played an enormous role in Leonards life and music particularly the faith into which he was born Judaism and his more recent study of Buddhism which drove him to spend several years in a monastery meditating for hours every day.
On March 18th 1972, Leonard Cohen began a 20-city European tour, beginning in Dublin and ending in Jerusalem on April 21st. Other cities included London at the Royal Albert Hall, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin and Tel Aviv. This film is an impression of what happened during that tour.
By 1978 Leonard Cohen had already produced a staggering body of work that had firmly set the standard for the singer-songwriter genre and contained numerous classic songs within its cannon. If like many of his contemporaries his muse had abandoned him around this time he would still today be regarded as a genius. But the 6 studio albums released between then and 2006 contained some of the finest work of Cohens entire career and on tracks such as First We Take Manhattan Dance Me To The End Of Love The Future I'm Your Man Ain't No Cure For Love Tower Of Song and so many others he augmented his music with a philosophy wisdom and enlightenment that both delighted his existing fanbase and endeared him to new generations in a manner that few others could hope to achieve. This film mixes rare performance footage studio recordings interviews rarely seen photographs location shoots and many other features with contributions from some of Cohens closest colleagues and from experts on his life and music. Featuring his official biographer Ira Nadel; Cohen producers John Lissauer David Gold and John Simon journalists Robert Christgau [Village Voice] Anthony De Curtis [Rolling Stone] and Nigel Williamson [Uncut] authors Johnny Rogan and Jim Devlin and many others.
Leonard Cohen - Under Review 1934 -1977 is a 90-minute documentary film which reviews the poetry music performances and career of one of contemporary America's greatest artists. This documentary includes obscure footage rare interviews scarcely seen photographs live and studio recordings of Cohen's classics and reviews of some of Cohen's musical performances. There are reviews comments criticisms and insights from; official Cohen biographer Ira Nadel; Leonard's regular guitarist and band leader Ron Cornelius; producer on the New Skin For The Old Ceremony and New Positions albums John Lissauer; studio owner and engineer on Death Of A Ladies Man David Gold Cohen's backing vocalist Ronee Blakley; producer of Songs Of Leonard Cohen John Simon; Music Editor from Village Voice Robert Christgau; Rolling Stone magazine's Anthony De Curtis and many others.
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