Year: 2015 Director: Brett Morgan
In the 21 years since he shot himself Cobain, like Lennon, has been mythologized until the living breathing person ceases to exist under the weight of books and conjecture. This film attempts to tear that down and show us the man. For someone who complained bitterly about always being under scrutiny he didn’t half spend a lot of time filming or being filmed whilst at home. From early Super8 footage of the toddling Kurt through to early embryonic Nirvana gigs to crowning glories like Reading 1992 and MTV Unplugged.
Most revealing of all is the footage with Courtney & Frances and the Christmas 1993 of the trio taking a bath contains no hint of the downturn in their fortunes. Rather than forensically rake over the events leading to his death, the film ends with the painful echo of ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’. The film reveals a man not built for fame – his fear of being ridiculed, his sense of abandonment mixed with illness and a long heroin habit to make everything bearable all ultimately becoming too much. You are reminded of the great power of the music he left behind and » Continue Reading.