Marianne & Leonard - Words of LoveNick Broomfield
'So Long, Marianne' Leonard Cohen sings in one of his most iconic songs. This Marianne is Norwegian Marianne Ihlen, his lifelong muse with whom he started an intense relationship in a time of free love. A beautiful portrait of their unconventional relationship from the early days in idyllic Greece.
Does love have to be conventional? Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is a beautiful illustration of the twists and turns of a complicated relationship that has produced some of Cohen's most famous songs. Archive material and some recent interviews tell the story of the interrupted yet never ending love that began on the island of Hydra. Cohen was mostly a writer at the time - the songs came later, when the melancholy poet evolved into a prominent musician. When Cohen became famous, and Ihlen became known as his muse, their relationship suffered and they lived apart more than they lived together. Still, their connection remained strong, even after Ihlen returned to Norway. A love story that defies conventional structure and slides back and forth in time within a rough chronology.
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Nick Broomfeld has a BAFTA and dozens of prizes from prestigious film festivals to show off. In recent decades he has made documentaries about a range of subjects, but what stood out were his special portraits of tragic and fascinating public figures: musicians such as Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur and Leonard Cohen, but also serial killers Aileen Wuornos and the Grim Sleeper. His films regularly feature a healthy dose of self-reflection, and it is not uncommon for film making itself to be the theme. At DOCVILLE he presents his newest and most personal film, My Father and Me.
Liefde is… het verrassende thema van een reeks gevarieerde documentaires. Humoristisch, teder of ontroerend. Of net verhelderend en wetenschappelijk verklarend. Soms herkenbaar, soms helemaal onverwacht. Wat doet de liefde met ons? Is het universeel? Noodzakelijk? Is de liefde poëzie of chemie? Een reeks documentaires over de meest bezongen menselijke ervaring.
Directed by Nick Broomfield
2019 97 min.
Subtitles: Dutch, French
Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton, Kyle Gibbon