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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)

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Critic Consensus: It suffers from a somewhat one-sided approach, but Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is an absorbing glimpse of a fascinating chapter of its subjects' lives.

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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 fifty years before their deaths in 2016.

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Never do we learn how it felt to be the woman to whom [Leonard] Cohen would say "so long" every night on stage.

August 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5

[A]n enlightening documentary about the creative process and the nature of the artistic spirit.

August 1, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Oh, this is just lovely.

July 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Footage of Marianne on her deathbed, listening to a tender message from Cohen, leaves one all of a pleasant ache. The pair were haplessly toxic. Warm and sexy, they were also united by their love of words to the end.

July 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Using personal photos and brief snatches of home-video footage, [Broomfield] has tenderly delved into the Leonard-Marianne relationship and assembled one of his most poetic, beguiling films.

July 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Nick Broomfield's riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story.

July 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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