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
I was on my first trip to the States when Cobain killed himself. I remember a profound sense of sadness at the time. It was the first time that a celebrity's death had ever had an effect on me.
I hired this only because of interest in Cobain and Nirvana and I was expecting a standard documentary. I had not heard of the conspiracy theories surrounding his death so the subject matter, an investigation into these reports, was a pleasant surprise for me. A nice little murder doccie. For much of the film I was absorbed. The characters, the lifestyle, the rock scene at the time, pre- and post- fame were fascinating. Rabid rock animal, El Duce, Love's spiteful father, the paparazzo who chickens out; they were both repellent and humorous. The only weaknesses were the lack of interviews with Nirvana members and, crucially no Nirvana music (although Love apparently refused to give the filmakers the rights to these, which isn't surprising when one considers the hatchet job they did on her).
Then came the real disappoinment; the anti-climatic ending. No real light was shed on Cobain's death, no yay or nay on was it murder or suicide. Despite the weaknesses I'd still recommend it for anyone with an interest in the rock scene circa 1990.
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