On this day in 1971, Robert Altman’s film McCabe & Mrs. Miller was released to theaters. Altman was a fan of Leonard Cohen’s work, and the soundtrack for this “anti-western” revolved around three songs from Songs of Leonard Cohen. “Winter Lady”, “The Stranger Song”, and “Sisters of Mercy” were used. Cohen had enjoyed Altman’s Brewster McCloud, Altman sold Cohen on the project and even convinced the “prince of pessimism” to create some new music for the film.
Altman would again use Cohen’s work when he included the song “Bird on a Wire” for the final scene in his 1978 film A Wedding.