Hallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen: our review

By Caroline J. Posted Oct 12, 2022 3:26 PM

“Hallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen”: this is the name of the very beautiful documentary expected in cinemas this fall. To be discovered from October 19, 2022, this film by Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine looks back on the incredible life and impressive career of one of the greatest authors, composers and poets of our time.

Every year, musical biopics jostle in theaters. We are of course thinking of “Walk The Line”, “Ray”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Rocketman”, “Control”, but also “La Môme” and “Gainsbourg (heroic life)”. The documentaries devoted to singers and musicians are also numerous. This fall, an immense artist, who unfortunately passed away in 2016, is reborn for a documentary event. Entitled “Hallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen” and made by Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfinethis film is to be seen in cinemas from October 19, 2022.

Trailer ofHallelujah :

With this documentary presented at the last Deauville festivalthe viewer is immersed in the fascinating life and incredible career of Leonard Cohenconsidered to this day by many to be one of the most memorable artists of our time, and the source of one of the most legendary songs in history, I named ” Hallelujah “. It is precisely through this song which marked our lives, that the directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have decided to return to the journey, both personal and artistic, of Leonard Cohen.

Hallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen: the trailer for the documentary on the Canadian artistHallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen: the trailer for the documentary on the Canadian artistHallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen: the trailer for the documentary on the Canadian artist

Synopsis ofHallelujah :

He created one of the most legendary songs in history. At the end of the 1960s, Leonard Cohen signed, like Bob Dylan, at Columbia, and became a legend. But his career took an unexpected turn. Discover the story that will lead him to rebuild and assert himself as one of the most important artists of our time. An unforgettable stroll through the song that marked our lives.

For the biggest fans, note that a special edition vinyl of the Leonard Cohen’s Best Of is due out on October 14, 2022, just 5 days before the theatrical release of “Hallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen“.

Our review:

Hallelujah is THE most famous Leonard Cohen song. But it is also, and above all, one of the most popular songs around the world. And it is precisely this planetary tube that the directors Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine have chosen as the narrative framework for their very beautiful documentary “ Hallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen “. A piece that the Canadian artist will have taken nearly 8 years to compose. Perfectionist and truly relentless, probably eternally dissatisfied, the poet wrote more than 150 different verses before coming to the end of this magnificent title. But the song did not have the success hoped for when the album was released. In question ? The Colombia record company’s refusal to release this record in the United States. We will then have to wait for the sumptuous recovery of John Calethen especially that of Jeff Buckley to give a second life to the song ” Hallelujah “.

By following this thread, we learn more about the personal and artistic life of this immense artist. Deeply marked by spirituality (he spent 6 years in a monastery not far from Los Angeles), Leonard Cohen has never given up, not hesitating to go on tour again in 2012 and 2013 at the age of 78, after being defrauded by his agent.

The artist’s life is skilfully told through quality archives and testimonials from relatives (the singer Sharon Robinsonthe producer of “Various Positions“, John Lissauer, Larry” Ratso » Slowman, long-time journalist at Rolling Stone and privileged interlocutor of Leonard Cohen… ). We also and above all appreciate hearing the deep and calm voice of Leonard Cohen thanks to the recordings preserved on cassette of ” Ratso “.

Several artists like Rufus Wainwright, Amanda Palmer, Regina Spektor or Brandi Carlile proclaim loud and clear their love for the Montreal artist and poet and for this song that they each had at heart to resume. The documentary even goes so far as to multiply – in an exaggerated way – the versions offered in the televisual tele-hooks (American Idol, The Voice…). This heap of echoing covers has a tendency to get us lost. But isn’t it ultimately to show us that the one and only version remains the one signed Leonard Cohen, which he will perform live until his last concert in 2013?

A documentary to see and see again to better discover the fascinating life of an immense artist of our time and to understand the creation and evolution of a great planetary hit. On the other hand, if you don’t like the song ” Hallelujah “, then go your way, because you risk hearing it a certain number of times in nearly 2 hours of film!

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