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Marianne Ihlen, Leonard Cohen in Greece, early ’60s

“MARIANNE AND LEONARD — WORDS OF LOVE” My rating: C+

102 minutes | MPAA rating: R

As the title suggests, “Marianne and Leonard — Words of Love” is a doc about the relationship of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, the muse for whom he wrote “So Long, Marianne.”

Except that it isn’t really.

Filmmaker Nick Broomfield starts out with the Canadian Cohen — then building a reputation as a poet and novelist — and the Norwegian Ihlen meeting in the early ’60s on Hydra, a Greek island  attracting an international bohemian crowd with its beauty and affordability.

Their relationship continued off and on for decades, ending only with her death in 2016.

Problem is, Broomfield clearly didn’t have enough material to devote an entire feature to the love affair.

So, after a promising beginning, “Marianne and Leonard…” becomes a more or less conventional summation of Cohen’s life and career, with Ihlen showing up intermittently.

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