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2.0 out of 5 stars On A very different Plain, 23 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Kurt And Courtney [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Kurt & Courtney is a 1998 documentary by Nick Broomfield with much potential but delivers little as it inanely consists mostly of hit & hope interviews, non-expositional dialogue, crooked media control & far out conspiracy theories bordering on the ridiculous.

Its opening is intriging as Cobain's origins are explored, delving from a music obsessed toddler to a troubled childhood in a broken home & how sleeping under a bridge was immortalised in 'Something In The Way'. Unfortunately, the main focus is on Courtney Love rather than Kurt & in an ironic parallel, it spirals out of control.

Granted Bloomfield is up against all sorts of licensing, legal & funding issues in the making of the documentary and makes no secret of it, but that does not excuse interviews being wayward, off-target, so much so even Bloomfield himself appears to get frustrated at times.

Love's estranged father reveals mostly an irrelevant battle of wills with his estranged daughter degenerating into blather at times, Kurt's best friend & their child's nanny offer little insight with their reluctant half answers for apparent fear of Courtney and a private detective is convinced Cobain was either murdered by Love or at least ordered a hit on him, based purely on conjecture.

The mark of a good filmmaker is to nail your source material & evolve it into something informative, provocative & leaves you asking for more but Broomfield fails in this regard as his delivery suggests an apparent inability to get answers to the tough questions, without interviewees going off on a tangent and by the end, his publicly questioning the ACLU's (an organisation that promotes Freedom of Speech) choice of Courtney Love as a guest speaker feels like a cheap shot as that stage, so does the entire documentary. This isn't a balanced view of Kurt & Courtney, but mostly a crack at Mrs. Cobain in the worst possible light which doesn't look, sound or feel objective.

So if you're looking for real insight & a well documented exploration of the life of Kurt Cobain & all who were integrally part of it including Love, then read `Heavier Then Heaven' by Charles S Cross.

Granted that publication had Love's blessing where Nick Bloomfield had no such luxury, but that does not excuse this documentary being devoid of direction, intrigue or credibility and as such, should be avoided.
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