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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

Scheduled to Start September 2

1 hour 55 minutes


Maine Film Center

Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME

What a song and what a story. It took more than seven years for Leonard Cohen to write and then finally record "Hallelujah" for an album to be called "Various Positions." And after he did, his longstanding record label, Columbia, rejected it and refused to put it out. But a small label did…and not much happened…until a few years later when The Velvet Underground's John Cale covered it, and then the virtually unknown Jeff Buckley recorded it and it became a #1 hit, with a plethora of other versions on the charts immediately following it, and anthemic status soon to come—even though its meaning is not really apparent or acknowledged. "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.

Scheduled to Start September 2

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