Leonard Cohen: State of Grace
A documentary filmed mostly in Montreal during the winter of 1964. The film’s narrator remarks, in the plummy tones of a “Dragnet” voice-over:
“Out of the crowds of Montreal has come a singular talent, with four books under his belt, and a growing reputation. He is not primarily a standup comic but a novelist, a poet, and a very confident young man.”
The film, a documentary called “Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Mr. Leonard Cohen,” was intended to follow four Canadian poets on a reading tour.
By the final cut, the introspective, deadpan thirty-year-old Cohen had stolen it. We watch him on Canadian television, cheekily telling an interviewer, “I haven’t a single concern” except to discover each morning whether he has woken in “a state of grace.” (If not, he says, he goes back to bed.)
The New Yorker