This informal black-and-white portrait of Leonard Cohen shows him at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal, where the poet, novelist and songwriter comes “to renew his neurotic affiliations.” He reads his poetry to an enthusiastic crowd, strolls the streets of the city, relaxes in this three-dollar-a-night hotel room and even takes a bath. —NFB.ca
Don Owen was a key filmmaker of the 1960s, creating dramatic features — such as Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964) and The Ernie Game (1967) — that captured the spirit of the times and reflected a Canadian cinematic identity. These two films, in particular, are central to an understanding of the development of English-Canadian film and the use of direct cinema in fiction.
Owen was a poet and student of anthropology at the University of Toronto before embarking on his film career. He started out in cinema by writing for sponsored films, and working as an assistant director and as a stagehand for the CBC. He joined the National Film Board in 1960, where he was part of a team of cinematographers on both La lutte (1961) and À Saint-Henri le cinq septembre (1962) prior to shooting his own first film, Runner, in 1962.
Owen left the NFB in 1969, but not before producing his best work in cinema. His seminal film Nobody Waved Good-bye (1964) has become legendary. The film developed… read more