Moving tributes flood in for the late, great Leonard Cohen

Movie folk have taken to Twitter to express fondness for the Canadian poet.


David Jenkins


Dear 2016 – what have we done to you to make you despise us so? Just when you think the litany of pain could not extend any further, Leonard Cohen dies. One of the great, unheralded confessional singer-songwriters of modern times, he achieved that rare feat of not producing a single album that you could describe as out-and-out duff. Right up to his most recent longplayer, 2016’s You Want It Darker, the old magic was still very much present and correct.

His lyrics had a visceral, cinematic quality to them – he could conjure a vivid image with just a few beautifully sequenced words. And even though you may not realise it, everyone knows and loves a Leonard Cohen song, even if it maybe wasn’t a version performed by the great man himself. We’re off to listen to I’m Your Man on loop for the rest of the weekend. In the meantime, it’s nice to see the public outpouring of love arrived like clockwork, with film and music folk expressing their loss with a variety of poetic sentiments.

Published 11 Nov 2016

Tags: Leonard Cohen

Suggested For You

RIP David Bowie – In praise of The Man Who Fell to Earth

By David Jenkins

The sad passing of this rock deity at the age of 69 has got us thinking about his greatest screen work.

RIP Alan Rickman – One of the good (bad) guys

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The late British actor was a star of both stage and screen, but what was it that made him such a compelling movie villain?

RIP Jacques Rivette – The filmmaker who helped me to love movies more

By David Jenkins

The French maestro has died at the age of 87, and leaves behind him an unimpeachable canon of work.

Little White Lies Logo

About Little White Lies

Little White Lies was established in 2005 as a bi-monthly print magazine committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Combining cutting-edge design, illustration and journalism, we’ve been described as being “at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement.” Our reviews feature a unique tripartite ranking system that captures the different aspects of the movie-going experience. We believe in Truth & Movies.