MARIANNE AND LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield‘s (WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME, KURT & COURTNEY) 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 both Broomfield and the late, 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.
“An absorbing glimpse of a fascinating chapter of its subjects’ lives.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“A moving portrait of love, as much poetry as documentary.” (The Wrap)
“Nick Broomfield’s riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story.” (The Guardian)
“This is an insider’s fascinating meditation on the nature of genius and stardom and the toll they take on the naively optimistic.” (Chicago Reader)
“With a softened lens, British documentarian Nick Broomfield adoringly examines a fascinating relationship in a fascinating time that saw Cohen transition from a poet to a world-class songwriter.” (Globe and Mail)
Sunday, September 1
Doors 12:45 pm | Movie 1:15 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors welcome. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
MARIANNE AND LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE (Nick Broomfield, 2019 / 102 mins / PG) A story of enduring love between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. The film follows their relationship from their early days in Greece, a time of “free love” and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.