Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Score: 10 / 10
Released: July 12, 2019
Director: Nick Broomfield
Producer: Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton, Kyle Gibbon
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Cast: Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen, Judy Collins
Genre: Documentary
Length: 97 minutes
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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Overview

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield's most personal and romantic film of his storied career. 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 50 years before their deaths in 2016.