Official Trailer for 'Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love' Documentary

May 24, 2019
Source: YouTube

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Trailer

"Poets - they're just elusive creatures… Who are married to their muse." Roadside Attractions has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and stopped by a number of other fests including Thessaloniki, Sun Valley, and CPH:DOX. Made by veteran documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, this film takes an in-depth look at the relationship between the late folk musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. The two first met in the 1960s and spent time on Hydra in Greece. While they weren't always together, their friendship remained strong throughout their entire lives. Featuring never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield, and conversations with many people who knew them. This seems like a lovely look at the power of love, and how an artist is influenced by his muse, someone incomparable in every way.

Here's the official trailer for Nick Broomfield's doc Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, on YouTube:

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Poster

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. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is directed by veteran British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, of numerous acclaimed doc films including Driving Me Crazy, Tracking Down Maggie, Fetishes, Kurt & Courtney, Biggie and Tupac, Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, and Whitney: Can I Be Me previously. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at CPH:DOX. Roadside will release Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love in select US theaters starting July 5th coming up this summer. Who's interested?

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Looks heartbreaking, but I'm interested.

THE_RAW_ on May 24, 2019


I thoroughly enjoy Leonard Cohen's music and his story told in this documentary feels parallel to his style and identity. Makes perfect sense now. Bittersweet type of storytelling. I'm in.

Nick Sears on May 24, 2019


I know about his music, of course, but much less about him. This might be a good way to find out something more ...

shiboleth on May 24, 2019


Cohen looked so much like the late-Anthony Bourdain!

DAVIDPD on May 24, 2019


Say what???? to you, maybe. Also, their vibes and talent(s) are on opposite ends of the spectrum....I mean on the far, far ends of the spectrum...

thespiritbo on May 24, 2019



DAVIDPD on May 25, 2019


I know...I'm trying to get your perception of them looking a bit alike and can kinda...kinda...see where you are coming from. Cheers!

thespiritbo on May 25, 2019


Loved Leonard Cohen and have since the late sixties. He was the Man in so many respects. As good as and as important as Dylan. His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen is still, in my opinion, one of the greatest ever made. I literally love every song on the album and that is very, very unusual. Robert Altman putting many of the songs from this album in McCabe and Mrs. Miller really helped make that film the masterpiece that it is. That was like 1970, I believe. I saw Cohen here in L.A. at the small Wilten Theatre. Couldn't have seated more than a thousand, if that. Maybe several hundred or so. It is one of the best concerts I have ever been to and I've been to a lot back in the late sixties and early '70's like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Dyan with The Band, Credence Clearwater, Bowie (another very good concert), Elvis (in Vegas, it was embarrassing), The Pretenders, and all were pretty good. Cohen's was on a whole other level. Very spiritual, very calm, no 'performance for the folks', just a presentation of his great song. Just excellent. I'll for sure watch this documentary as like I said, I really liked Cohen so this should be interesting. I have known about him for a long time and from the trailer don't see anything I don't already know, but still, it's Cohen. Enough said.

thespiritbo on May 24, 2019

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