“It’s coming from the sorrow in the street” Leonard Cohen’s Spoken Version Of Democracy Featured In Mr. Robot Season 3

“The marriage between scene and lyric in the teaser is shockingly open”

The minutelong teaser features skin-crawling imagery of chaos and disorder on the streets, all scored with a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy.”

While the series often shrouds itself in secrecy… the marriage between scene and lyric in the teaser is shockingly open. “It’s coming from the sorrow in the street,” Cohen’s lyrics tell us as we see an unhinged Darlene (Carly Chaikin) walking through the streets of New York. “The holy places where the races meet,” the song continues, as Elliot (Rami Malek) strides through a subway station toward the train bound for Coney Island, the place where society hangs its proverbial top hat.

On and on the commonalities between song and scene go as Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) chugs a bottle of alcohol to embody his “spiritual thirst,” as protestors who are “neither left nor right” scuffle with law-enforcement officials and as tears pour down a surprisingly “sentimental” Darlene’s face. The trailer also offers yet another look at Irving, the new character played by Bobby Cannavale, who has been described as a laconic used-car salesman — but here, he’s flanked by people wearing Dark Army masks, hinting at his grander role in this deadly narrative.

From ‘Mr. Robot’: Watch the First Official Trailer for Season 3 by Josh Wigler (Hollywood Reporter: August 4, 2017)



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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 July 6, 2018.

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