Leonard Cohen Inspires Film: Death Of A Ladies’ Man

It is reported that Gabriel Byrne is to star in Death of a Ladies’ Man, a new drama that takes its title from the Leonard Cohen song and album of the same name, and which is inspired by the late music legend’s work. The Sunday Times reports that the film, an Irish-Canadian co-production, tells the story of a wayward Irish academic living in Canada who is diagnosed with a brain tumour as his second marriage is coming to an end. Returning to Ireland to finally write his novel, the professor falls in love again. Death of a Ladies’ Man is set to feature several of Cohen’s songs and he is said to have given his blessing to the film before his death in November 2016.

From He’s your man. Gabriel Byrne for Leonard Cohen-inspired film (RTE: Feb 25 2018). The entire article is available at the link.

Video: Leonard Cohen In The Movies – Recitation Of “What Am I Doing Here” In Dynamite Chicken

According to Wikipedia,

Dynamite Chicken is American comedy film from 1971, starring Richard Pryor. “A contemporary probe and commentary of the mores and maladies of our age… With shtick, bits, pieces, girls, some hamburger, a little hair, a lady, some fellas, some religious stuff, and a lot of other things” boasts the films opening titles. An American film from 1972 involving Richard Pryor, and partly funded by and featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It is a collection of subversive comedy sketches and routines relating to the peace movement. Many famous figures appear as themselves in the film, including Joan Baez, Lenny Bruce, Leonard Cohen, Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Malcolm X (from archival footage), Andy Warhol, Al Capp, Muddy Waters, Sha Na Na, Al Goldstein and Yoko herself.


Leonard Cohen’s contribution to the movie is a one minute recitation of “What Am I Doing Here” from Flowers for Hitler accompanied by a black and white photo of Cohen.

Leonard Cohen and Allen Ginsberg in “Dynamite Chicken” 1971

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Someone You Love [En du elsker]: Danish Film Invokes Sense & Sound Of Leonard Cohen

Someone You Love [En du elsker], a 2014 film rendered in English and Danish with English subtitles, features a soundtrack, story, and character that bring to mind Leonard Cohen. The following excerpt from Someone You Love (En du elsker): Berlin Review by Jordan Mintzer (Hollywood Reporter: 2/11/2014) outlines the situation:

The shadow of Leonard Cohen looms large over Someone You Love (En du elsker), an endearing if somewhat conventional family drama from Danish writer-director Pernille Fischer Christensen (whose 2005 debut, A Soap, nabbed Berlin’s Silver Bear prize).

Featuring The Hobbit’s Mikael Persbrandt as an aging, very Cohen-like musician whose swooning guttural ballads cannot compensate for his lack of real affection, and promising newcomer Sofus Ronnov as the grandson who may finally change the rocker’s ways, this well-acted if predictable story should see theatrical engagements in Scandinavia and parts of Europe, with offshore VOD play and additional fest bids following a world premiere in the Berlinale Special Gala.

With his black coat and hat, slicked gray hair and gravelly performances backed by a chorus of female singers, 60-something Thomas Jacob (Persbrandt) is pretty much a dead-ringer for the Canadian singer-songwriter, save for the fact that he’s a Dane who’s been living in L.A. for decades and is finally returning back to his homeland.

Similar observations have been made by others; a few examples follow:

Someone You Love By Fionnuala Halligan (ScreenDaily: Feb 11, 2014)

Persbrandt’s character Thomas Jacob sings in English like an unhappy Leonard Cohen with a penchant for awkward lyrics including: “Whatever happened to the whispers?”

Someone You Love – 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (Filmguide LA Filmfest: 2014)

After many years living in L.A., a world-famous, hard-living Danish singer-songwriter (think a Nordic Leonard Cohen) returns to his homeland to record an new album.

En du elsker by Lee Marshall (Filmmagasinet Ekko: April 23, 2014) [via Google Translate]:

The film is moving, but also more than a little conventional during the winter cold surface, especially in the drawing of Thomas’ persona (his voice, appearance and rock look is perhaps too strongly inspired by Leonard Cohen).

The following two songs from the movie’s soundtrack are clear parallels with Leonard Cohen’s own songs and style:

Mikael Persbrandt – Someone You Love

Mikael Persbrandt – Now I Ask You

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Video – Leonard Cohen In The Movies: “Suzanne” & “So Long, Marianne” in Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana (mirages) is an experimental film by Werner Herzog shot in the Sahara Desert.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne & So Long, Marianne
Fata Morgana
Suzanne begins at 1:35
So Long, Marianne becomes apparent at 7:10

Note: Originally posted Oct 23, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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