Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love

  • 2019
  • USA
  • 1h 42min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nick Broomfield

Documentary about the love affair between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, and how their 1960s Greek idyll helped turn him into the musician he became. It’s bittersweet but not without a darker side, noting the casualties of the time, and there’s a mixture of archive material with fresh interviews. A poignant elegy for love and loss.

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Nick Broomfield on Marianne & Leonard: 'I wasn't doing a music film, I was doing a love story'

23 Jul 2019

Veteran British documentarian discusses his latest project, which explores the love story between Leonard Cohen and muse Marianne Ihlen

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love documents the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen, their love having begun on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in the early 1960s, as part of a bohemian community of artists from…

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

22 Jul 20194 stars

Melancholy valentine to the love story between Leonard Cohen and muse Marianne Ihlen

Marianne Ihlen may have been the great love of Leonard Cohen's life. There was plenty of competition. The sun-bleached Norwegian muse of his hedonistic 1960s Greek idyll remained a fond ally as they both faced death half a century later. Their…

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