Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic (documentary) film of his storied career. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is an in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.
The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians.
Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.
“Nick Broomfield’s riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story” – The Guardian ★★★★
“What makes this film unmissable, however, is the fact that we get Marianne’s story more or less in full” – Rolling Stone ★★★★