Leonard Cohen (2021)

Five years after the death of modern troubadour Leonard Cohen, director Daniel Askill is out with a haunting video for “Puppets,” off Cohen’s 2019 posthumous album, Thanks for the Dance.

Shot in black and white, the video follows a lonely figure kitted out like Cohen — played by actor Bobbi Salvör Menuez — as they fall to their knees in the New York City streets, self-immolating as loose papers litter the cobblestones.

“Cohen has an incredible ability to create a bridge between the sublime and the prosaic — the metaphysical and political. In ‘Puppets,’ he does that while addressing dark themes with a poetic insight. This video for ‘Puppets’ has been born out of a wonderful ongoing dialogue with [his son] Adam Cohen. … This film follows the symbolic journey of a single figure through darkness toward a transcendence. In many ways, it is visually pointing to the idea that Leonard often beautifully evokes in different ways — that the darkness and the light of our experience is deeply entangled — and maybe at a fundamental level they are in fact one and the same.”

Daniel Askill


  1. Both met accidently at the Chelsea Hotel and each were looking for someone else. They ended up spending the night together and he wrote Chelsea Hotel No. 2 about that.

  2. Yes I did…very classy video…like him. I always loved the story with him and Janis.

  3. This is really cool. I can’t say I can listen to him all the time but I do respect the hell out of him and I like a lot of his music.

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