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Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen

Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen

| 44 min

This informal black-and-white portrait of Leonard Cohen shows him at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal, where the poet, novelist and songwriter comes "to renew his neurotic affiliations." He reads his poetry to an enthusiastic crowd, strolls the streets of the city, relaxes in this three-dollar-a-night hotel room and even takes a bath.

  • writer
    Donald Brittain
  • designer
    Donald Brittain
  • director
    Donald Brittain
    Don Owen
  • film editor
    Barrie Howells
  • photography
    Paul Leach
    Laval Fortier
    Roger Racine
  • location sound
    Roger Hart
    Barry Ferguson
  • music
    Donald Douglas
  • sound editing
    Marguerite Payette
  • sound re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • producer
    John Kemeny
  • narrator
    Michael Kane


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Ages 14 to 17

Diversity - Diversity in Communities
English Language Arts - Poetry
Geography - Territory: Urban
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships

Study the work of Cohen and draw connections between his life and his poetry. Encourage students to describe their own writing process. Start a poetry workshop and have students record their thoughts on the subjects and techniques used. Find aspects of local culture that might inspire students (fairs, concerts, art galleries, car shows, theatre or movies) and visit them if possible. Students can take photos/notes and later attempt to turn their experiences into poetry. How do these experiences affect their writing?

Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen
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