Tony Palmer presents "Bird on a wire"

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Re: Tony Palmer presents "Bird on a wire"

Post by Einat » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:59 pm

for hebrew readers: there's an interesting interview with Palmer (made by Boaz Cohen) about the film and its (periodic) background :כהן-על-תיל/
for curious non hebrew readers- google translate might be helpful...happy reading
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Re: Tony Palmer presents "Bird on a wire"

Post by kaz » Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:31 am

As most of us know,Steven Machat is not a big fan of Leonard.
Your father, Marty Machat, was Leonard's manager and financed the film too. What do you think he would think about the film?
Dad would be so happy that his film came back to life. Maybe he is. Back then in '72, he really believed that Leonard was a prophet. He really thought Leonard was here to enlighten man. Unfortunately, Leonard lived to prove he too was only a man. He was a complainer, a critic with no motivation to make change for others, just change for himself.
The movie shows Leonard as a man who cannot deal with his communication of a greater message: the message being to understanding the Consciousness of Man, not the ego of some who wish to own and control others. Leonard moves back into himself, he cannot live his words. He is not the prophet, in fact, he is a Sadducee who tours now only for the money. His music, for the most part, takes on tones of only he and woe is me.
Full interview you can find here: ... t_q_a.html
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Re: Tony Palmer presents "Bird on a wire"

Post by mirka » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:50 pm

Another interview with Steven Machal talking about Leonard Cohen, his relationship with his father Marty Machal, and how "Bird on a wire" came to life: ... -saga.aspx
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