Hot Docs 2015: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

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Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck tells the story of a musician who, early on in his career, was hailed as the voice of a generation and struggled to cope with such a weighty designation. Utilizing a mixture of homemade movies, animation, archival footage and current day interviews, the film provides a vivid and intimate portrait of Kurt Cobain’s turbulent life.

Director Brett Morgen begins his examination by interviewing Cobain’s parents. They detail how their divorce had a profound impact on Cobain, who was only 9 years old at the time. The first true glimpse into the troubled side of the young artist comes from journal excerpts outlining his first real suicide attempt in high school. Through the use of animation, which the film frequently employs to visualize key events, Morgen is able to recreate a stirring image of Cobain calmly sitting on railway tracks in the dark of night as…

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