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3 October 2007 (USA) See more »
A revealing and intimate portrait of a misunderstood genius. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kurt Cobain ... Narrator
Michael Azerrad ... Conversation participant (uncredited)

Courtney Love ... Conversation participant (uncredited)

Directed by
AJ Schnack 
Produced by
Ravi Anne .... executive producer
Michael Azerrad .... co-producer
Chris Green .... producer
Noah Khoshbin .... producer
Richard Lim .... associate producer
Stephanie Meurer .... line producer
Jared Moshe .... associate producer
Shirley Moyers .... producer
Matthew Shattuck .... associate producer
Original Music by
Steve Fisk 
Benjamin Gibbard 
Cinematography by
Wyatt Troll (director of photography)
Film Editing by
AJ Schnack 
Production Management
Stephanie Meurer .... unit production manager
Art Department
Brad Vancata .... production illustrator
Sound Department
Justin Bates .... sound editor
Greg Morgenstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Morgenstein .... supervising sound editor
Kyle Schember .... supervising sound editor
Holger M. Thiele .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Dylan Chudzynski .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Holcomb .... gaffer
Ian Jennings .... best boy
Gregory D. Smith .... key grip
Bob Webeck .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Other crew
Mando Lopez .... production coordinator
David Magdael .... publicist
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
John Flansburgh .... special thanks
John Linnell .... special thanks
Douglas Matejka .... very special thanks

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USA:96 min | Argentina:96 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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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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References "Sesame Street" (1969)See more »
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39 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Should have been a bonus CD not a movie, 12 September 2006
Author: Splattii from A Region Free World

I just saw this at the Toronto Film Festival and I wasn't impressed.

While I appreciate the audio interviews captured within this film, I question why a movie was made. I would have enjoyed the film as much if listened to on the way home while I was in traffic. It should have been a CD release, not a film.

The film revolves around some audio recordings that were compiled from a series of late night interviews. There were very intimate details described by Cobain, including how he did care about what people thought about him (as opposed to what most of his friends suggested), and that he wanted to write some pop songs for their albums, but Sub Pop forced them into keeping the albums underground. Some may already be aware of these facts, but I enjoyed learning of them for the first time. The tone in which Cobain spoke felt genuine, and the pacing of the interviews was perfect. These interviews deserve to be heard by any fan of Cobain's, or Nirvana. They were a great listen.

The problem with this film is there isn't a single video clip or photo of Cobain, his family, or Nirvana until the last 30 seconds of the movie. The entire film involves a series of related images that play based on the interviews. An example would be when speaking on his father's job, they show footage of men working at a lumber yard. When Cobain spoke on Seattle, they'd show images of Seattle Record stores, streets and highways. They even had real time images being drawn in the form of artsy cartoons (tree's and grass swaying) during some of the vocals. It was like watching on LONG Fruitopia commercial combined with a film strip about Washington. Unfortunately it also seemed like they had problems clearing for use in this movie.

I understand what the director attempted with the images, but it failed in my eyes. It's almost like they brainstormed how they could generate the most revenue from the interviews, as opposed to having a vision upon hearing them. It feels forced, and I don't need to see this again. Literally. If I ever end up with a copy of the DVD I'll either record the audio to CD, or listen to it with the TV off.

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