“I’ll… fortify myself with a drink in order to confront the inevitable moral pneumonia that follows on a blizzard of praise.” Leonard Cohen Opens 2006 LA Film Festival Screening Of I’m Your Man Documentary

Leonard Cohen, Lian Lunson, & “Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man” Appear At 2006 LA Film Festival

While this video of Leonard Cohen speaking before the 2006 LA Film Festival screening of “Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man” comprises only Leonard’s brief acknowledgment of his gratitude for the tribute, it merits watching as yet another demonstration of the singer-songwriter’s self-effacing graciousness and as a lesson in expressing sincere gratitude without resorting to the kind of treacle that serves as the primary constituent of, say, acceptance speeches at awards shows for performers.

Heck, it’s worth watching if only to hear Leonard Cohen’s describe his intention to retire to the green room in order to

fortify myself with a drink in order to confront the inevitable moral pneumonia that follows on a blizzard of praise.

Lian Lunson, the film’s director, describes what happened after she and Leonard slipped behind the screen at the end of his speech:

This screening was the only public screening Leonard attended. It was a windy night at the Ford amphitheater and Leonard and i sat alone behind the screen with a bottle of wine. The audience could not see us. And, because we were watching the film from behind the screen the film was reversed. It was beautiful to see it that way.

An Evening with Leonard Cohen
LA Film Festival at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre: June 24, 2006

Thanks to Lian Lunson for her charming account of this scene.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted May 3, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com. Lian’s account was added later.

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