LEONARD COHEN: BIRD ON A WIRE follows the legendary musician/songwriter/poet (1934-2016) during his 1972 European concert tour, performing many of his classics (“Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “Chelsea Hotel,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “So Long, Marianne”). Directed by Tony Palmer, this long-lost movie, never released theatrically, captures vintage Cohen – singing backstage with his band, gamely enduring press interviews, balking at encores (only to be gently coaxed back on stage by producer/bandmate Bob Johnston), self-deprecatingly funny, and humbly assessing life on the road (“Iike some parrot chained to his stand night after night”). He even offers to reimburse disgruntled Dutch concertgoers after the sound system goes kaput. A portrait of a deeply reflective, surprisingly genial artist, at his creative peak.
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