MR. LEONARD COHEN
On the soundtrack:
I have not lingered in European monasteries
Prayer for Messiah
A kite is a victim
Beneath my hands
Here was the market
Twelve o'clock chant
As the mist leaves no scar
On hearing a name long unspoken
Three good nights
Alexander Trocchi, public junkie, priez pour nous
The only tourist in Havanna turns his toughts homeward
The music crept by us
Informal portrait of Leonard Cohen. The film begins with Cohen delivering a comic monologue about his visit to a friend in a Montreal mental hospital. Later he is seen reading poetry to rapt audience and also alone, or relaxing with family and friends, walking the streets of the city, eating in a popular night spot, sleeping in his three-dollar-a-night hotel room, even taking a bath. His poetry readings are principally from "A Spice-box of Earth" and "Flowers for Hitler". A press conference with Cohen and his friend Irving Layton forms a part of the film.
Filmed and recorded at various locations in 1964, released in 1965 by the National Film Board of Canada. Directed by Donal Brittain and Dan Owen, produced by John Kemeny. Black & white, 44 min.
The home video / DVD
Available also on DVD since 1999. Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only). Bonus items: Four Short Films: I'm Your Man, directed by Roslyn Schwartz, Poen, directed by Josef Reeve, A Kite Is A Victim, directed by Elizabeth Lewis & Angel, directed by Derek May. Also (incomplete) discography. 61 minutes. Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. 44 min. Black & White. Product #: 113B 0165 088.
Watch or download the film on NFB's website here