In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts.
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After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people: Cobain's aunt who provides home movies and recordings, the estranged father of Cobain's widow Courtney Love, an L.A. private investigator who worked for Love, a nanny for Kurt and Courtney's child, friends and lovers of both, and others. Although Love won't talk to him and his inquiries lose him financial backing, he comes to believe the coroner's verdict. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going Courtney, dramatic, controlling, moving from groupie to star. Written by
....waiting to see if Ms Courtney punches out director/interviewer Nick Broomfield. Whether or not there is any truth to the vague rumours that the Queen of Grunge killed the King, Kurt and Courtney is a riveting exercise in docu-propaganda. Broomfield doesn't do a good job of hiding his disdain for Courtney, but neither does anyone else on screen. Father Hank Harrison hates her, ex boyfriends hate her, Kurt's friends think she was the master manipulator...and El Duce (killed one short month after the interview in this film by a passing freight train!!) says she offered him money to kill Kurt. Why? Who knows. The only well adjusted person in this film is Kurt's aunt, and she thinks it was suicide.
Whatever your personal feelings, this is a fascinating film.
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