I am a Hotel

“I Am A Hotel is a dream in technicolor. And if you’re going to dream, this is the way to go.” (Wessely Hicks, TV Times). This rarely-screened gem, written by Leonard Cohen and Mark Shekter, was one of the first music videos, and the second long-form music video to be produced (after Michael Jackson’s Thriller). It won numerous international awards, including the prestigious Golden Rose at the 1984 Montreux Television Festival. The “sensual music video fantasy,” told completely in music and dance, is set against the backdrop of the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, and beguilingly interweaves Cohen’s songs with vignettes of love relationships among the guests and members of the hotel staff. Leonard Cohen plays the bemused “Resident,” with star turns by Toller Cranston (“the Manager”), Robert Desrosiers (‘the Bellboy’), Anne Ditchburn (‘the Gypsy Wife”; Ditchburn also choreographed the film), Alberta Watson (“Suzanne”), Celia Franca (“the Diva”) and others. Produced by Barrie Wexler, and Executive Produced by Moses Znaimer for Chumcity and CBC Television. http://www.tjff.com/film-info.php?id=410

Year:
1983
Length:
24 minutes
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Shown at

  1. 19th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2011

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