Grace [Jane Fonda]: I had a threesome with Leonard Cohen!
Grace’s Granddaughter [Rosanna Arquett]: Who didn’t?
Lines from – and, according to Dan Callahan, writing in The L Magazine – “the highpoint of” Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,
OK, this example of “Leonard Cohen at the movies” has nothing to do with the focus of this post, i.e., the role of Leonard Cohen’s music in movies; I just threw it in because it was too good not to post and, besides, I figure we can always use the chortles.
Don’t Wait Until The Movie Comes Out – Read This Now
Your Guide to the Cinematic Life of Musician Leonard Cohen by Monika Bartyzel (posted 27 June 2012 on Movies.com) is an unusually thoughtful, astute essay on the role of Leonard Cohen’s music in the movies.
Bartyzel not only offers commentary on commercial studio films such as Herzog’s Fata Morgana, Fassbinder’s Beware of a Holy Whore, Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and Allan Moyle’s Pump Up the Volume but also discusses documentaries (e.g., Harry Rasky’s The Song of Leonard Cohen and Lian Lunson’s I’m Your Man) and Cohen’s own film projects (e.g., I Am A Hotel and, with Lewis Furey, Night Magic).
A strength of the article, in fact, is that it covers many individual movies – although those included are still only a small fraction of the 139 titles that have used Cohen’s music in 44 years [at time of original posting].
Nor are Bartyzel’s insights into the impact Leonard Cohen’s songs have had on a wide range of movies presented in isolation; instead they are integrated into the context of Cohen’s career as a singer-songwriter.
The complete article can be found at Your Guide to the Cinematic Life of Musician Leonard Cohen
Stripper Movies: Not one but two movies about strippers, Atom Egoyan’s Exotica and Michael Radford’s Dancing at the Blue Iguana, feature music by Leonard Cohen.
Watchmen: Few movies have generated more controversy over the use of Leonard Cohen’s music than the this flick’s choice of “Hallelujah” as mood music for a sex scene between two second-tier superheroes. 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric, collected and organized the online comments.
- Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Mood Music For Watchmen SuperHeroic Sex Scene
- Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah In Zack Snyder’s Watchmen – Bizarre, Sublime, Nuked The Fridge?
- Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah As Watchmen Sex Scene Soundtrack – Debate Continues
- Watchmen Sex Scene Videos: Compare Leonard Cohen & Allison Crowe Versions Of Hallelujah As Soundtracks
Take This Waltz and The Gin Game: While not technically a movie, the TV version of the long running play, The Gin Game, which added Leonard Cohen’s “Take This Waltz” to the original script, uses Cohen’s song in much the same way and to similar effect as a cinematic production.
- An Examination Of Leonard Cohen’s Take This Waltz In The Gin Game – The Basics Of The Play & Its Add-on Dance Scene
- An Examination Of Leonard Cohen’s Take This Waltz In The Gin Game – Part 2: The Tragedy Of Love Touched But Not Grasped
- Toward An Understanding Of Leonard Cohen’s Take This Waltz
Credit Due Department: Graphic atop post adopted from photo CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikipedia Commons
Note: Originally posted June 29, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric