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Leonard Cohen - Under Review 1934-1977 [DVD] 
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The man s an enigma wrapped in a mystery; his music, an acquired taste that appeals universally and his life one of great art, astonishing experience, and myriad circumstance. Leonard Cohen was never going to be the man on the street. 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. Features include musical Performances of Leonard Cohen reviewed by our team of esteemed experts, obscure footage, rare interviews, and scarcely seen photographs of and with Leonard.
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There is a lot of new information on this DVD for those of us who are besotted with Leonard Cohen, although I must be the only fan alive who didn't know who the woman in the Chelsea Hotel was; so now I know, not that it matters. By far the best part of this production is the actual footage of Cohen when he is interviewed ("everyone lives the life of the heart") and/or the snatches of his or Judy Collins' singing. We can all be thankful that she introduced Cohen's work to the U. S.Read more ›
The "documentary" consists of unknown journalists and studio types who vaguely knew or had some tenuous connection to Cohen at different stages of his career, and so the interviews generate precious little in the way of interest or insight. As for the music - it is clear that the company who made this farcical documentary could not afford or did not want to pay the money to licence his music, so we get no more than perhaps eight bars of perhaps eight songs in total (i.e. all you'll hear is the first two lines of "Suzanne", before we cut to another boring interviewer explaining how he mopped the floors in the corridor above the recording studio and how this gives him an insight into Leonard Cohen's work.)
A special mention must be given to the abysmal direction, which would not be out of place on a regional news programme. Each album cover is brought up by the kind of graphics last seen in the early 1980s, and just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. When in Suzanne we hear Cohen sing "you can watch the boats go by," the documentary cuts to an image of - some boats going by. At this point, I almost demolished my television set.
If you are a fan of Leonard Cohen, boycott this film and demand that a decent documentary be made. Unless the production crew were media studies students and this is in fact a piece of "A" Level coursework, anyone involved in this should be ashamed of themselves.
There is a fair bit of new information on this DVD for those of us who are besotted with the man. Although I must be the only fan alive who didn't know who the woman in the Chelsea Hotel was; so now I know. By far the best part of this production is the actual performance and interview footage of Cohen - which is liberal. When he is interviewed ("everyone lives the life of the heart") and/or the live concert archive of him [as well as Judy Collins] singing.Read more ›
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Once again I find myself agreeing with some comments and disagreeing with others (see my review of ' Under Review 1978 - 2006) as alot of the people interviewed were the same ones... Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2011 by P. A. Mitchell
I just bought this, having read the recent biography about Leonard , 'Hallelujah'. It covers the early part of his life and career and is a fine accompaniment to that book -... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2010 by Rob Jones
I want my money back! I feel deceived.
I wished I had read the one star reviews here before I bought this one (plus the second one) as a Christmas present for my best... Read more
I like Cohen a great deal - sadly I have to agree with the one-star review. This is not a good film - badly made and no tribute to a iconic musicianPublished on 30 Jun. 2008 by Wil Andersen