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From BAFTA award--winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY is the incredible story of six--time Grammy(R) award winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive never-before-seen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving, and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.
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What could have gone wrong? Tony Bennett praised her as the greatest living jazz singer. No mean compliment coming from a great jazz singer in his own right. From the fully documented video and audio record in this documentary, themes in her life emerge.
A troubled childhood. Yes, most of us have had a troubled childhood, but a number of factors in her life were also present that fueled a life of substance abuse. Amy absolutely adored her father, who left Amy’s mother and was essentially not a factor in her upbringing. He re-entered her life later to act as her quasi-manager, but in the times when she needed a strong father figure the most, what he had to offer was not enough. He could have done more to shield her away from the crowd circling around her when she started having trouble with the law and with drugs. His idea of intervention was simply to indicate to the press that Amy would cancel touring temporarily. This fell short to the mental and physical exhaustion she felt. Amy needed an extended period to get her head straight and simply cancelling a tour was not enough; she still recorded in the studio and made brief appearances. Thus, her father appeared more interested in keeping the cash cow alive instead of providing a period of rest.
Her entourage. Amy never stopped socializing with her “friends,” a group of people, most of whom whose idea of having a good time appeared to be getting as drunk as possible with alcohol or as stoned as possible on drugs.
Finally a point made a couple of times in the documentary is that “she needed someone to say ‘no.’” In other words, no one placed any effective limits on her behavior.
Amy Weinhouse was a tremendous talent and should have had a long recording career. Someone should have shook her shoulders and told her to wake up. Keith Richards, through the press, tried doing this with a public warning that if she did not change her drug-taking habits she would “not be around for long.” Richards, of all people, knew what he was talking about. Instead, she became one of the more recent inductees of the “27 Club,” and joined the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and others.