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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (12A)

2 September

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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The new documentary from Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me) profiles 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 these early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. It was on Hydra in 1968 that film director Nick Broomfield, then aged 20, first met Marianne Ihlen. Marianne introduced him to Leonard Cohen’s music and also encouraged Nick to make his first film, and was an enormous influence on him.

Marianne and Leonard's was a love story that would continue for the rest of their lives. Along the way we learn of the tragedy that befell those that could not survive the beauty of Hydra, the highs and lows of Leonard’s career, and the inspirational power that Marianne possessed. Marianne and Leonard tragically died three months apart.

  • Director Nick Broomfield
  • Certificate 12A: drug references, moderate sex references, infrequent strong language
  • Running time 1h42m
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2019
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