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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)

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An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

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Credited cast:
Leonard Cohen ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Collins ... Herself
Ron Cornelius Ron Cornelius ... Himself
Helle Goldman Helle Goldman ... Herself
Marianne Ihlen Marianne Ihlen ... Herself (archive footage)
Aviva Layton Aviva Layton ... Herself
Irving Layton Irving Layton ... Himself (archive footage)
John Lissauer ... Himself
Don Lowe Don Lowe ... Himself
John Simon John Simon ... Himself
Richard Vick Richard Vick ... Himself
Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Warnes ... Herself (archive footage)
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An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

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5 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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$44,941, 7 July 2019

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As soulful a doc as Cohen's deeply moving and memorable work.
27 July 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

If you are familiar with Canadian Leonard Cohen's work, you'll recognize the deep voice singing lyrics of poetic joy and lamentations mostly about women in his life. Such is also the spirit of the informative and moving documentary Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love, both joyful like his megahit Halleluiah and woeful like his song of goodbye to his muse Marianne, a Norwegian beauty capable of inspiring transcendent music.

A woman in my theater row disclosed that the two concerts of Leonard she saw were a religious experience. Indeed, here was a poet and songster who exuded a prayerful love of life and inspirational muses like Marianne and Suzanne. That he spent six of his last years in a monastery is no surprise, nor that during that Buddhist time he lost his fortune to a "friend" who embezzled it all.

Love and loss fueled his '60's persona that with his poetic writing and dark good looks magnetized women to the extent that the endless supply of supplicants seemed to energize and inspire him rather than laying low ordinary men with the excess. This doc is about the beginning of his career with Judy Collins introducing him as a singer rather than just a composer who lived with Marianne on the idyllic Greek isle Hydra.

Although director and close Marianne friend Nick Broomfield stays out of the lovers' way, he loses some power in the multiple vignettes that sometimes feel isolated rather than fluid. Nor does the director allow more than just snippets from memorable songs such as Suzanne, Goodbye Marianne, Halleluiah, and Bird on a Wire, which are my favorites. In truth, this estimable doc is about Leonard's love life rather than his songs anyway.

I miss this unique troubadour, and you will too after hearing him again and living for a short while with his inspirations.


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