You know the song. You probably know John Cale’s version, maybe even Jeff Buckley’s. You’ve heard it in movies like Watchman and TV shows like Scrubs. We’re not talking just iconic, but ubiquitous. But you might not know the number of revisions Leonard Cohen went through while writing and performing the song and the reasons—personal, spiritual, and commercial—that went into the song’s composition. Directors Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine assemble an impressive collection of interviews, a slew of archival material and more renditions of “Hallelujah” than you ever knew you needed. Now streaming on Netflix.
The above blurb first appeared in the pages of Boulder Weekly Vol. 30, No. 12, “Reel to reel.”
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