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Leonard Cohen in Peaky Blinders


This scene is from ep 5, season 3 of "Peaky Blinders". The time is early 1920-es, the place is Birmingham, UK. Top gangster Tommy Shelby f*s white Russian aristocrat Tatiana. Yes, this is exactly how they both call what is going on.

However, anti-Soviet guerilla leader Tatiana is not a usual escort. Although for purely business purpose, she wants nothing less than make Tommy believe that she is his beloved wife Grace who was recetly killed by her associates. And Tommy sees Grace in the window for a fraction of a second!

How do they manage to render all this in a movie? "You want it darker" by Leonard Cohen helps quite a lot. In general, music is not exactly what I value PB for, it is too anachronistic. But Cohen makes this piece really magical.

If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game
If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame
Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker
Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my lord
There's a lover in the story
But the story's still the same
There's a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it's written in the scriptures
And it's not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame
They're lining up the prisoners
And the guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle class and tame
I didn't know I had permission to murder and to maim
You want it darker
Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my lord
Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame
If you are the dealer, let me out of the game
If you are the healer, I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory, mine must be the shame
You want it darker
Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my lord
Hineni
Hineni, hineni
Hineni
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