“Leonard Cohen has written a song for us” Steven Knight, Creator Of Peaky Blinders

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

From Peaky Blinders premiere: Cillian Murphy and Steven Knight hint at future plans and talk of research for Birmingham-based show by Jack Averty (Native Monster: May 5, 2016)

And, from Cillian Murphy: ‘I gave David Bowie my Peaky Blinders cap’ by Roz Laws (Birmingham Mail: May 5, 2016):

Steven Knight also revealed how Leonard Cohen has written a new track for the show.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Peaky Binders aficionado Bill H (who admits he’s “not a big Leonard Cohen fan” but knows that I am), who alerted me to this news after seeing an earlier Cohencentric post, “Leonard Cohen is the emperor, king and master of all” Steven Knight (He’s a huge Peaky Blinders fan too).

“Leonard Cohen is the emperor, king and master of all” Steven Knight (He’s a huge Peaky Blinders fan too)

From the official Peaky Binders Twitter account. Steven Knight is, of course, the creator of the Peaky Binders TV series.

Update: See “Leonard Cohen has written a song for us” Steven Knight, Creator Of Peaky Blinders

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Waiting For The Miracle Featured In Piero Messina’s L’Attesa

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Possession and control drive the precarious relationship between two women in L’Attesa. Inside an enormous villa in the mountains of eastern Sicily, Anna (Juliette Binoche) is welling over with grief after the loss of her son, Giuseppe. His French girlfriend, Jeanne, arrives on the scene apparently oblivious to the recent tragic events. She has not heard from Giuseppe for days and leaves a barrage of voicemails on his phone wondering where he is. The backdrop is beautiful. The villa is cold and foreboding. Anna and Jeanne are meeting for the first time, and Anna cannot bring herself to tell Jeanne the truth. So they wait. Jeanne thinks she is waiting to reunite with her lover. Anna thinks she is somehow keeping Giuseppe alive by not speaking of his death. Piero Messina’s drama is contemplative and quiet as the waiting game plays out between matriarch and ingénue. It’s Easter weekend and, as Leonard Cohen sings Waiting for the Miracle, Anna hopes for a different kind of resurrection.1

In this key sequence from the film, Jeanne has invited two young men to Anna’s home for an dinner. drinks, dalliance, and dancing. The video captures Jeanne and one of the men dancing to Leonard Cohen’s “Waiting for the Miracle.”

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  1. L’Attesa CIFF41 []

New Video In English & French: NFB Treasures – Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man From Montreal To The World

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Dominique BOILE sends these images from his just-received copy of NFB Treasures – Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man – From Montreal to the World/ Les Trésors De L’onf – Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man – De La Main Au Monde Entier

Dominique BOILE also points out that “The first DVD is in English, and the second DVD has the same content in French.”

The following information is from the Canadian Amazon site: NFB Treasures – Leonard Cohen:

A rare collection of National Film Board of Canada movies focusing on poet, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen, with on-screen comments from friends, family and collaborators. This eclectic set includes an informal documentary about the young Cohen in 1965, as we see him reading poems, chatting with friends – and even taking a bath! Cohen also appears in an offbeat feature film about Montreal in the 1960s, for which he wrote the score. Other unique finds include short animated films inspired by Cohen’s songs and poems, as well as a selection of cinematic works exploring themes that are near and dear to the artist, such as Canadian poets, St-Laurent Boulevard and Buddhism. It’s an enriching way to explore and experience the world of Leonard Cohen

Collection rare de films de l’Office National du Film du Canada ayant pour thème le poète et auteur-compositeur-interprète Leonard Cohen, commentés à l’écran par ses proches. Parmi ces derniers, un portrait documentaire décontracté présentant le jeune Cohen en 1965 lisant ses poèmes, discutant avec des amis et même prenant un bain! Aussi, un long métrage fiction débridé, témoin du Montréal des sixties, dont Leonard Cohen signe la trame sonore, en plus d’y interpréter un rôle. Ainsi que des courts métrages d’animation inspirés des chansons et poèmes de l’artiste, sont autant de films qui se retrouvent à l’intérieur de ce coffret éclectique et rempli de trouvailles. De plus, une sélection d’oeuvres cinématographiques gravitant autour des sujets chers à Leonard Cohen (poètes canadiens, la rue St-Laurent, le bouddhisme) vous sont également offerts afin d’enrichir votre expérience de l’univers Cohen.

Product Details:
Actors: Leonard Cohen
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Tandem.mu
Release Date: April 8 2016
ASIN: B01BD0MAUS

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Video: Dexter Season 6 TV Promo Features Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

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True Detective isn’t the only TV series dealing with dark and deadly themes to employ a Leonard Cohen tune.

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Credit Due Department: Thanks to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this and other Leonard Cohen TV ads

Video: Robert Altman Talks About Leonard Cohen, His Songs & The McCabe & Mrs. Miller Soundtrack

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It has become difficult to find a movie critic who doesn’t acknowledge the impact of Leonard Cohen’s songs on Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller. A representative observation follows:

Watching Altman’s film, it becomes obvious that Cohen’s songs preternaturally fit each film they slide into, as if the words were meant for each scene (even if that same song is used over and over again in different worlds, scenarios, and films).1

In this video, Altman, who died in 2006,  is interviewed ahead of the release of Gosford Park  sometime in the late 1990s on Elvis Mitchell‘s Independent Focus program.

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Along with comments about censorship, recruiting Cher to play in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, why he was fed up with Hollywood, and more, Altman tells how he came to realize, after filming was completed, that he wanted music from Songs Of Leonard Cohen on the soundtrack of  McCabe & Mrs. Miller, how he tracked down the Canadian singer-songwriter, and why Cohen’s enthusiastic response was key.

Update: See other posts about Leonard Cohen’s music in McCabe & Mrs. Miller and video clips of Cohen’s music in that film at 

Note: The video should begin automatically at the pertinent portion of the program (about 12:14). The material about Leonard Cohen lasts 4-5 minutes. The entire Altman interview, however, is worth watching.

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Note: Originally posted Jul 29, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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  1. Your Guide to the Cinematic Life of Musician Leonard Cohen  by Monika Bartyzel. Posted 27 June 2012 at  Movies.com []

National Parks Adventure Movie Soundtrack Features Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (Twice)

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National Parks Adventure, released February 2016, is summarized in The Smithsonian:

National Parks Adventure takes you on the ultimate IMAX® off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Spectacularly wild and beautiful places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, Arches, and Canyonlands are illuminated as never before with immersive giant-screen cinematography, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

Viewing the film at a huge screen theatre in The Hague, Peter Torbijn of the Netherlands was surprised to find Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah  was featured in the soundtrack twice (once as the Jeff Buckley cover). This excerpt from “National Parks Adventure”: An Omni Ode to Our Parks as Playgrounds by Jay Gabler. (The Tangential: Feb 24, 2016) describes the role of the song in the movie:

In the rootsy jukebox that soundtracks the new National Parks Adventure, two songs are actually heard twice each. One of those songs is unsurprising: if you thought you were going to see a film about the National Park system without getting both the Bruce Springsteen and Little Feat versions of “This Land is Your Land,” you had another think coming.

The other is less obvious: Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Besides the fact that the singer-songwriter is actually Canadian (shhh), the song isn’t about land or home or summertime: it’s about a conflicted relationship.

“Hallelujah” ends up highlighting two subtexts in National Parks Adventure. There’s a clear religious allusion, particularly when the song is heard as three vacationers explore a sanctuary-like ice cave on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Then, there’s also the theme of our conflicted relationship with the land we’ve made ourselves stewards of.

Leonard At The Multiplex – The Best Of Leonard Cohen In The Movies

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The Best of Leonard Cohen in the Movies by Michael Glover Smith (whitecitycinema.com: Sept 22, 2014) offers succinct, thoughtful, and insightful summaries of the roles played by Leonard Cohen’s music in five films:

  • “The Stranger Song,” “Sisters of Mercy” and “Winter Lady” in Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
  • “Chelsea Hotel #2″ in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
  • “Avalanche” in Olivier Assayas’s Cold Water (1994)
  • “I’m Your Man” in Steve James’s Life Itself (2014)
  • “Take This Waltz” in Jean-Luc Godard’s Letter in Motion to Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux (2014)

Originally posted September 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric