Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2005)

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Steve Earle offered to "stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots" to declare him the world's greatest songwriter. In concert, Lucinda Williams often dedicates "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten" to him. Artists, as diverse as Emmylou Harris and The Meat Puppets, have recorded his songs. The late Townes Van Zandt was the kind of artist who is always more famous dead than alive. Born into wealth, Townes was an outsider from the get-go. Clinical depression steered the ragged course as did his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Mar 14, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

This may not be a solid biography, but it feels true.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | March 9, 2006
Dallas Morning News
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A documentary that in its spirit and feel catches some of the vulnerability and naive optimism of its subject, Van Zandt.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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A less-than-satisfying examination of the country singer's art, career and demons.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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Rather than connecting all the chronological dots, Brown has fashioned Van Zandt's balm-to-the- brokenhearted legacy into potent cinematic poetry.

December 24, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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A sobering but compassionate look at a man who ultimately might have been even more troubled than gifted.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Who knew folk singers were as dark and troubled as rock stars? Townes Van Zandt's music always sounded a little heavy and self-aware to me. This documentary backs up those thoughts. "Flyin' Shoes" sounds much different when you find out about Townes falling off a two story building.

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