Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
The beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days, a time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. It was in Hydra in 1968 that director Nick Broomfield, then aged 20, first met Marianne, and introduced him to Leonard Cohen’s music and also encouraged Nick to make his first film. Marianne and Leonard’s was a love story that would continue for the rest of their lives. They died just three months apart in 2016. Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic film of his distinguished career.
“Nick Broomfield’s riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian