you were right.
I should have watched more than just the first minute.
So here now are my impressions and conclusions
about the last minute of the movie.
( The "ah so!"s here - are were I suddenly got the meaning
of some obscure things from the first minute, that only
make sense in the last minute. )
(note: I still don't know what trailer Judith was talking about.
I saw one trailer, but it was just random clips from the movie,
and no "skimp-o-scamp top-heavy 'Burlesque Beauty' strutting her stuff."
That person can't be the same as the waitress who appears briefly
at the end of the movie, because the waitress is not gratuitous.
She has a meaningful role in the context. )
(note: the whole of this last part of the movie is for one end,
to explain why Cohen sings Tower of Song in the movie.
Cohen, like Arujna, does not want to engage in this inevitable
battle. But the "expressions of the Deity" of the moment
-- namely Bono, Julie, the waitress, and the drinks,
- like Krishna, in effect, - get him to do it.
Bono - because it's his favorite song.
Julie, - reminds Cohen that he is supposed
to see the bright side of these things.
And the waitress - she's the Saaqi.
So Cohen embraces his destiny, his fate.
He stands up and does his duty.
He sings "Tower of Song".)
"There's a beautiful moment in the Bhagavad-Gita:
Arujna ...the general, ...the great general, ....
he's standing in his chariot, ....all the chariots are arrayed for war,
...and across the boundary he sees his opponents,
- and there he sees, - not only uncles and aunts and cousins,
-he sees gurus, -he sees teachers, that have taught him,
(and you know how the Indians revere that relationship,)
-he sees them!
And Krishna ...one of the expressions of the Deity
...says to him: "You'll never untangle the circumstance
that brought you to this moment. You're a warrior. Arise now,
mighty warrior. With the full understanding that they've
already been killed. And so have you. This is just a play.
This is my will. You are caught up in the circumstance
that I determine for you, that you did not determine
for yourself. So arise. You are a noble warrior.
Embrace your destiny, your fate,
and stand up and do your duty. "
Bono: > "That rumble!... you know that voice that seems to come from
... you know ...the subway...
< Ah so! - So that's what that horrible noise
all through the movie was about!
It's the way Leonard Cohen sounds in Bono's ears!
(--Rock stars often do suffer from tinnitus! ) >
Bono: > "I thought he was sexy ...soul singer..."
< The waitress appears here.
Julie Christensen: > "He finds the light in things.
Like in Anthem, ... "there's a crack in everything "
Bono: > "My favorite of the songs is "Tower Of Song".
I think maybe because I feel like I've been there myself sometimes.
But it's really a masterpiece, that song."
Cohen: > "I should really have continued performing,
so that the songs themselves could develop.
But maybe if I ever go on the road again,...
... it's not a bad idea!
It's becoming more and more attractive to me as we,
...as we drink!" < Laughs >
So that's what the dame is about. She is the waitress
who brings the afore mentioned drinks.
She is the inspiration.
She (and what she brings) are what drive Cohen
to get up and sing Tower Of Song.
< If not for my suddenly realizing this,The Persian word saqi (sometimes transliterated as saqi,
saaqi, or saki) literally means 'cup-bearer' or 'wine-pourer'
and is frequently used in Persian poetry to describe the
glorious Server who continually pours out the wine
everlasting to all of humanity.
then I would most probably have thought
(looking for Judith's 'Burlesque Beauty' )
that the dame was an echo of Lenny Bruce's burlesque queen,
Honey Harlow. Hal Wilner getting his wires crossed.
You see, Lenny Cohen used to look a lot like Lenny Bruce
(sort of. ...well, remotely anyway.) And Hal Wilner
did a Lenny Bruce thing a while back: "Let The Buyer Beware".
Tom Waits said this about it: "Awesome
in its scope and depth. Hal Wilner compiled
this from thousands of feet of tape. It is the road
that all comics of today are driving on." >
Followed by Cohen singing: "Tower Of Song".
< Ah so!
The floating red lights (- the jelly fish tentacles) theme
all though the movie, - were these curtains behind the stage
in this Cohen performance finale!
And that Madonna-and-grapes carving
- is what's over the proscenium!
So, ---these were always internal trailers,
advertising the good thing to come,
and keeping us tuned in!
(except they wouldn't have worked if we knew
it in the begining. we would have fast-forwarded,
or waited in the lobby untill the end.)
Life has meaning again! >