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HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
October 19, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rivertown Film presents
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
Directed by Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
USA, 2021, 118 minutes, rated PG-13
This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.
Interviews include: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Sharon Robinson, Rufus Wainwright and many others
Guest speaker to be announced.
“A source of illumination for both die-hard and casual fans, and even to people who love Cohen’s most famous song without being aware that he wrote it.” “A fascinating study in the mechanics and metaphysics of pop-culture memory.” Critic’s Pick – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Does the film explain “Hallelujah?” Of course not – the song stubbornly resists explanation, because it’s so many different things and because there’s a beautiful mystery at its heart. “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” is smart enough to embrace that mystery and that beauty, and to know that there’s far more to Cohen than can be summed up in four, or seven, or even 150 verses.” – The Wrap