Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004)
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The celebrated singer and songwriter Steve Earle once said "Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." Earle was hardly the only artist of note who loved Van Zandt's poetic, elliptical songs of love and dashed hopes -- Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, the Cowboy Junkies, and Nanci Griffith are among the many performers who have recorded his work, and he was a key inspiration for much of the
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[An] honest, sobering and poignant tribute to a tortured talent who died young and left behind a treasure chest of songs.
A documentary that in its spirit and feel catches some of the vulnerability and naive optimism of its subject, Van Zandt.
A less-than-satisfying examination of the country singer's art, career and demons.
Rather than connecting all the chronological dots, Brown has fashioned Van Zandt's balm-to-the- brokenhearted legacy into potent cinematic poetry.
An unnarrated collection of gently told reminiscences that rove impressionistically, the film touches on various points in a career that remained a well-kept secret from the start, when Van Zandt began performing in the late 1960s.
While the film lacks polish, there's enough good material and good performances to keep everything on track.
Loving but unflinching documentary on celebrated singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
He may not have been a good guy, but fellow musicians tend to focus on his work and they can't say enough good things about his talent. They sing his praises and sing his songs.
Van Zandt comes across as humble, witty, empathetic, sympathetic and very, very gifted.
Manages a pretty fair portrait of Van Zandt and his personal demons, pressures and joys.
Brown weaves together audio footage and taped interviews that show a man whose proximity to death had calcified into a sharp blade of self-deprecating wit.
...required viewing for Van Zandt fans, probably required for country music fans, and even of interest to those with no great affection for either.
Unlike many music documentaries, this is not a drab, talking-heads affair but a portrait assembled from evocative images and songs.
A sobering but compassionate look at a man who ultimately might have been even more troubled than gifted.
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