Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love explores singer-songwriter’s relationship with muse Marianne Ihlen
The first trailer for a new documentary about Leonard Cohen and his muse, Marianne Ihlen, has been released online. Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love will explore the musician’s relationship with Ihlen, who inspired songs like ‘So Long, Marianne’.
The ghostly voice of Leonard Cohen reflects on love in the trailer for Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, a new documentary about the singer-songwriter’s decades-long relationship with muse Marianne Ihlen, who inspired Cohen classics like “So Long, Marianne.” “When trying to learn some things about love,” the late Cohen intones, “when your woman becomes her own content, and you become her content, that’s love.”
The film will document the pair’s initial meeting on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960 and their life in a bohemian community. The trailer also features an excerpt from a letter Cohen wrote to Ihlen just before her death, in which he said: “Dearest Marianne, I’m just a little behind you – close enough to take your hand.”
Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, Kurt & Courtney) directed Words of Love, which hits theaters July 5th. The film, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, utilizes previously unseen footage from both Broomfield and documentarian D.A. Pennebaker.
An interviewer once asked Leonard Cohen if he ever thought about changing his name. It was 1966, when ethnic wasn’t exactly in.Excerpt from New York Post
The singer/songwriter told her he liked the sound of September.
“Leonard September?” the prim blonde guessed.
No, he replied: “September Cohen.”
For a man who spent half a decade as a Buddhist monk, Cohen never forgot his roots. Nor, apparently, has the Jewish Museum. It’s filled three floors with “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,” featuring works inspired by his songs, poems and philosophy, as interpreted by artists from Hong Kong to Haifa, Paris to Berlin.
The show is a sprawling one — literally. Beanbag chairs lie here and there for you to flop into, most of them on the third floor, where you’ll hear Moby, Jarvis Cocker, Sufjan Stevens and others put their singular spin on “Suzanne,” “Take This Waltz” and more.
Although he embraced Zen — something he considered a discipline, rather than a religion — many of Cohen’s songs have Old Testament themes and the occasional Hebrew word or phrase. On “You Want it Darker,” the last album he recorded before his death in 2016, at 82, Cohen asked the cantor from his childhood synagogue to sing backup vocals.