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 appetite for drugs and alcohol. Determined to be a success, Townes eventually had a hit. The royalty checks were welcome, but this mainstream cameo seems to have been awkward for him, and there's tangible discomfort and detachment from it all.
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Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

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 23, 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.

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

½

great portrait of a fascinating heart breaking talent - the amazing singer song writer manic depressive wandering artsy nut big hearted bad ass...with some impressive old footage, an accurate honest feeling portrait...some pieces that make me jealous and others that are horrifying and terrifying..with snippets of music, def well worth a look

Stephen Rubin
Stephen Rubin

A quite satisfying look at the life of one of music's most dysfunctional treasures. Rather than one dimensionally praising his work, this film glaringly exposes many of the flaws of one of America's finest songwriters of all time.

Greg S
Greg S
½

second viewing - even better this time around. townes was probably the coolest man to have ever lived. and yes, that includes obama and mariano rivera.

Chris Campbell
Chris Campbell

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