‘Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love’ Spotlights An Eternal Bond Formed On Hydra

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love centers on the relationship between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen. They met on the Greek island of Hydra, and this idyllic environment also served as a foundation for Leonard Cohen’s growth. That being said, Cohen was that rare individual who actually seemed to flourish, at least on an artistic basis, on the island.

“I think a lot of people went to the island and they couldn’t really exist well on the island,” said director Nick Broomfield, who actually spent time on the island when he was 20. “Many marriages came to pieces. Many of the families – their relationship broke up. They had affairs with other people on the island. They neglected the children. There was a lot of drug taking – this was the ‘60s. But I think all of that – Leonard was able to use it to his benefit and it kind of made his work and his art stronger. And I think he was one of the few exceptions to that. A lot of people have commented on that so I think  it took a particular discipline to survive Hydra.

As for Ihlen, she spent most of her life raising her son Axel and married to her second husband Jan Stang until her 2016 passing. Click on the media bar to hear Broomfield, who was a friend and former lover of Ihlen, recount her “generosity of spirit”:

My full interview with Broomfield is available for CinemAddicts Patreon members. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love opens in theaters July 5.

Find Us On Facebook: Hollywood Outbreak
Follow Us On Twitter: @Hollyoutbreak
Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

Related articles

Comments

Share article

Latest articles

NBA Legend Dwyane Wade To Host & Produce British Game Show Reboot ‘The Cube’ For WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is bringing the adrenaline-fueled, award-winning British game show reboot of The Cube stateside with a series order, executive produced and hosted by NBA legend Dwyane Wade. The...

Justin H. Min’s Enjoyed Watching ‘Umbrella’ Expand

In its first season on Netflix, The Umbrella Academy became a fan favorite, with a large following of devoted fans waiting to find out...

To Hit ‘The High Note,’ Dakota Johnson Had To Work Extra Hard

As someone who's always been musically inclined, Dakota Johnson has usually made music part of her routine for mentally preparing herself for her acting roles....

Katie Holmes’s ‘Dream’ Role Has Her Rethinking Real Life

Katie Holmes chose to take a role in The Secret: Dare to Dream in part because she was a huge fan of the self-help book upon...

After ‘Scandal,’ Guillermo Diaz Doesn’t Find His Transition To Sitcom Surprising

For Guillermo Diaz, playing Huck on Scandal was a career-defining role. He'd gotten a lot of work before, but Huck was arguably the first...

New Trailers

Amazon Unveils ‘The Boys’ Season 2 Trailer

Amazon Prime Video has debuted the official trailer for the second season of THE BOYS. The first three episodes of season two premiere Friday, September...

‘Discovery’ Star Sonequa Martin-Green Got The OK From ‘Trek’s’ Nichelle Nichols

The original Star Trek series was light-years ahead of its time when it premiered in 1966. In terms of its stories and its casting,...

Jamie Lee Curtis Thinks It’s Scary How ‘Halloween’ Franchise Has Endured

When it comes to horror franchises, no property can claim the kind of longevity or success as Halloween. Since the original film was released...

‘Bill & Ted’s’ Awesomeness Was No Accident, Say Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter

For a pair of time travelers who've hopped throughout history, 2020 might seem to be an odd destination. But, as fate would have it,...

Ryan Phillippe Takes On Casper Van Dien In Action Fueled ‘The 2nd’ Trailer

  Directed by Brian Skiba (Chokehold, Rottentail), The 2nd features Ryan Phillippe (Crash, Shooter) as Vic Davis, a Secret Service Agent who is caught in...