Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

After the Gold Rush

DVD - 2012
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After the Goldrush focuses specifically on the period between 1978 and his dramatic live comeback in 2008. With a mixture of performance footage, rare and classic recordings, and exclusive interviews, together with contributions from some of his closet confidantes, plus critical analysis from a host of esteemed experts, the film aims to provide the most comprehensive overview available of the maverick troubadour whilst at the very top of his game.
Publisher: [United States] : Silver & Gold, 2012.
Edition: Fullscreen.
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 LEO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (64 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: After the gold rush


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Oct 27, 2015

This poorly-edited, low-budget documentary is not for those who aren't serious fans of Leonard Cohen, as I am. I can't even recommend it to Cohen-lovers. As a commenter below points out, this program is a re-release of an earlier, (seemingly British-made) DVD, then given a bizarre renaming (is anyone thinking of Neil Young?). It's hard to imagine to whom the producers were directing this film, or whether they thought about the question at all. They assume that their audience has such a familiarity with Cohen's LP's and CD's that we'll recall each one he recorded over nearly thirty years. The whole show consists of talking heads discussing his various albums and CD's with great emphasis on production values -- never a topic I've heard Cohen fans dwell on -- interspersed with concert clips, often from decades after the album discussed and having nothing to do with its production. We hear a great deal of opinion and little of substance, leaving the viewer to wonder why he or she would care what these people have to say. In fact, I left the room twice without bothering to hit "Pause."

The film does contain a small quantity of interesting material, such as the discussion of "The Future," but could have been edited down to fifteen minutes. A major oversight surrounds the fact that Cohen loves women, and a great many women love Cohen. Much of his art is inspired by and directed toward women, and, as the show points out, he has worked in close collaboration with women. Yet, we don't hear a single woman speaking in this film.
I can't imagine that anyone except a hard-core Cohen fan would want to sit through "Leonard Cohen: After The Gold Rush" for the wee bit of good material on the DVD. You could have a more insightful conversation at home with a friend, a bottle of wine, and a few Cohen CD's. The man's too enigmatic to pin down in a show far better than this one.

Sep 28, 2014

Some nice anecdotes, mainly told by John Lissauer.

Jan 13, 2013

this DVD may be a 2012 release but it appears to be a re-release of LEONARD COHEN UNDER REVIEW 1978-2006.


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