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Nick Broomfield on ‘Marianne & Leonard’: ‘I wasn’t doing a music film, I was doing a love story’

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love documents the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen, their love having begun on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in the early 1960s, as part of a bohemian community of artists from multiple fields. Director Nick Broomfield, with the aid of footage from fellow documentarian D.A. Pennebaker that was shot during that period, explores their connection from those early days on the island to how it evolved when Leonard went on to become a successful musician. Theirs was a love story that would continue for the rest of their lives, albeit not in a form where they were in any sort of committed relationship beyond that time on Hydra, with the pair dying three months apart in 2016.

Broomfield is known for being more present in his works than many other documentarians tend to be. In the case of Words of Love, there’s a particularly good reason for it. In 1968, a young Broomfield, then aged 20, went to Hydra and met and formed his own bond with Ihlen, who first introduced him to Cohen’s music and also encouraged him to make his first film…

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Mary Harron on ‘Charlie Says’: ‘It’s taking a very famous story and doing it from an unexpected perspective’

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders in Los Angeles, so it’s hardly surprising there’s a new film focused on the events surrounding the killings. Coming from Mary Harron and penned by her American Psycho collaborator Guinevere Turner, Charlie Says, however, offers a corrective of sorts to common portrayals of Charles Manson and his followers in film and television…

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