Leonard Cohen - Bird on a Wire (1974/2010) (DVD)

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Leonard Cohen Bird on a Wire 1974/2010

If you're a fan of Leonard Cohen like I am, you'll enjoy this glimpse in to one of his tours. I was especially touched by a scene with Cohen singing while graciously handing out sandwiches to his band and others back stage. From seeing other interviews and documentaries about him I know this isn't unusual behavior for him.

For some reason unknown to me Tony Palmer, the director, decided to insert some rather horrific and graphic footage of war and its aftermath starting at 41:00 and ending, unless I missed some, at 42:24. I guess he thought it went with the song but I find it incredibly jarring.

This, of course, not mine. I do not, of course, have any rights to any of it.

In 1972 Leonard Cohen was considered to be one of the major singer song writers and poets of our time. It was decided by Cohen's then manager, Marty Machat, to make a film about Leonard at work, on tour and 'Off Duty'. The film was entitled Bird on a Wire and featured some fantastic performance footage. It was directed by the celebrated British film director Tony Palmer and scheduled for release in late 1972. After screening a rough copy, the BBC immediately bought the UK TV rights. But after 9 months of re-editing at Cohen's request, a second version was released in the 1974.

It was thought that the original film had been lost until more than 290 rolls of film in rusted cans were discovered in late 2009. The cans contained much of the original 'rushes' of the film, and especially most if not all of the original soundtracks. So, in 2010 with Leonard Cohen once again at the forefront of popular music, Tony Palmer has lovingly restored the film to much of its original glory. The film runs at 107 minutes, as did his original in 1972, and when it is released on DVD in September will include much that will make this the ultimate package for Leonard Cohen fans.
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