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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most honest documentary I have ever seen., April 6, 2012
This review is from: Kurt & Courtney (DVD)
It's 2012, and this is the first time I've actually seen this film. It was released in 1997, and amidst the climate of sensational and warped coverage at the time, this is a definite gem. It's worth watching, even if you aren't especially interested in Kurt and Courtney themselves.

More than a documentary about Kurt Cobain, this is a shining example of what journalism should do. The director finds what he finds, and we are invited to bear witness to the whole process. After viewing this film, we may not be convinced one way or another about the cause of Cobain's death, but we must all agree that the director gives us a fair and honest treatment of his subject. Some may find this pointless, if only because some are so irrevocably steeped in the Orwellianism that pervades mainstream journalism that they expect a smoking gun where none remains. To further illustrate this point, I challenge you to watch this film and try to look at the ACLU in the same way again. Goodness! The irony! (The episode to which I refer occurs near the end of the documentary, and managed to inspire in me a sense of outrage far greater than the death of one musician.)

This documentary leaves the judgment calls to its audience, and while I could comment on my own hypotheses based on the contents of this film, in the spirit of the documentary itself I choose to leave these judgments to you. Now watch the film!
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