Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Aug 23 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Aug 24 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Aug 26 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Aug 28 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Aug 29 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2019
Run Time:102 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:NIck Broomfield


“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.

The film follows their relationship from the 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 director Nick Broomfield, then age 20, first met Marianne Ihlen. Marianne introduced him to Leonard Cohen’s music and also encouraged Broomfield to make his first film. She 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.

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.

“A remarkable film about Leonard Cohen and his muse … a powerful love story that spans decades.” – FilmThreat

“A moving portrait of love, as much poetry as documentary.” – The Wrap

“Unmissable.” – Rolling Stone