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Kurt Cobain About a Son (2006)

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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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A biopic of the late Nirvana frontman.

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An intimate and moving meditation on the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain, based on more than 25 hours of previously unheard audiotaped interviews conducted with Cobain by noted music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana." In the film, Kurt Cobain recounts his own life - from his childhood and adolescence to his days of musical discovery and later dealings with explosive fame - and offers often piercing insights into his life, music, and times. The conversations heard in the film have never before been made public and they reveal a highly personal portrait of an artist much discussed but not particularly well understood. Written by AJ Schnack

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$10,749 (USA) (5 October 2007)

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Roughly eighty minutes into the film, Nirvana biographer and co-producer Michael Azerrad appears for a few seconds looking at the camera. See more »

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Narrator: I never intended to have some kind of a mystery about us, it's just that i didn't have anything to say in the beginning and now that it's gone on long enough that there's actually a story in a way, but still i think every night that you leave i think, god my life is so fucking boring, compared to so many people i know, we don't deserve to have a book written about us.
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Waste of Time
3 March 2008 | by (Madison, WI) – See all my reviews

For a filmmaker who touts craft so much, he lacks it completely. He is great at self-promoting his film, but it is entirely empty. I have to agree with other commentaries on this film... it is wonderful to have the audio tapes of Cobain, but the film it a thin wrapping around this content. I wish Schnack would spend more time focusing upon his film-making than complaining about the state of documentary.

One has to ask if it were not Cobain would this film get any notice. The answer is no. I found the camera work overwrought and trying. There is little to be said of the editing. As with too many docs, it could do with some aggressive trimming and could lose 1/3 of the film without any loss to the story.


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