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Marianne & Leonard

Marianne & Leonard

Words of Love

DVD - 2019
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An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Nick Broomfield's most personal and romantic film of his storied career 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.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Entertainment, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.66092 C6606M 2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Dolby digital 5.1
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Language Note: In English, with optional English subtitles; closed-captioned
Alternative Title: Marianne and Leonard
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Feb 18, 2021

The ending of this documentary really touched me. I love Leonard’s music and poetry but glad I never met the man. There could have been more footage of his performances but it was already on the long side for what it had to say. For those interested in him, I recommend this.

Dec 14, 2020

Interesting to see how he got into the music business, the rest of the story showed a very selfish, self absorbrd man.

Nov 30, 2020

Great documentary but such a sad story of life choices. Thankfully I was too young during the 60's to have been so influenced.

Feb 19, 2020

Cohen can weave magic with his words and his music
but under it all lies a darkness and sometimes a carelessness with the lives of others.
touching to learn more about Marianne and frightening to learn about the enormous consumption of drugs.
his parting words to Marianne at the end of both of their lives were redemptive

there is very little of his music in this documentary - for that I highly recommend the dvd of the Live in London concert from 2009

Feb 04, 2020

Cohen’s music was so evocative of mood, yet his lyrics the product of a limited attention span: Now it can be told that he ‘experimented’ with psychedelics the way most people experiment with a morning cup of coffee. Who would have thought? A film that makes you feel that you’re witnessing unique lives and times, often a bit sad, most of them likable people with the courtesy to direct destructive inclinations inward.

Jan 23, 2020

I appreciate Cohen’s artistry and I am someone who doesn’t think of people as one dimensional but I wasn’t interested in these people. I thought it was okay but had nothing new to say about the artistic process or love or success. I did enjoy his equality of power digression and to learn that he was sabotaged by his manager and that’s why he got back out there.
It was nice to see the young Judy Collins induct him into singing his songs and to see Jennifer Warnes singing back up, she was a longtime friend but not a lover which he couldn’t get enough of, like drugs and God and whatever else he wanted at the moment.
The letter from Leonard to the dying Marianne and his memory of a gentler time that he “overthrew” was very moving.

Jan 18, 2020

A loving and insightful memoir.

Jan 08, 2020

Wonderful movie, cannot say enough good things about. A fan of Leonard Cohen and his music. I did not know anything about his private life other than he was from Montreal.

Jan 02, 2020

Excellent biography of a talented poet, song writer and musician. Leaned a lot about beautiful Marrianne.

Dec 11, 2019



A beautiful memoir of Leonard Cohen and his partner Marianne Ihlen!



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