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“Kurt & Courtney”: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

"Kurt & Courtney": What's Love Got To Do With It?

"Kurt & Courtney": What's Love Got To Do With It?

By Amanda N. Nanawa

Despite the late-starting, specially added docfest midnight
screening, a large crowd was not discouraged at a New York
sneak preview of Nick Broomfield’s “Kurt & Courtney” on Friday night.

Garnering extraordinary press for being slighted by the 1998 Sundance
Film Festival, and facing a filibuster from Courtney Love’s attorneys
before its Roxie Theater screening in San Francisco, docfest gave people
a taste of what Love was afraid Broomfield would show.

“Kurt & Courtney” is merely a forum that airs a variety of potential
circumstances surrounding the untimely death of Kurt Cobain.
Broomfield starts his investigation by tracing the troubled childhood of
the late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain, and Hole’s frontwoman
Courtney Love.

What Broomfield is able to capture is the essence of a tragic man who
seems chained to a tragic fate. Even though the film toys with the
question “Who killed Kurt Cobain?,” the fascinating moments of the film
explore the turnaround life of musician-turned-actress Courtney Love.
People such as Hank Harrison (Love’s father) and El Duce (an S & M
rocker from L.A.) leave an indelible impression on the audience’s minds as
they sketched a not-so-fantastic picture of the volatile Love. El Duce goes so
far as to tease audiences with the succinct phrase, “I know who killed
Kurt Cobain”.

Coincidentally, on the day of the New York screening, and reported that Courtney Love is being sued by Belissa Cohen —
a Los Angeles journalist — who claims that Love allegedly pulled her
hair, kneed her in the groin, and then hit her in the face after she
started taking pictures of the singer and actress who posed

The film opens this Friday at New York City’s Cinema Village.

[Amanda Nanawa covers music related article for indieWIRE.]


+ (May 27, 1998) First New York Docfest Set to Kick Off Tonight; “Kurt and
Courtney”Screening Added; Reknowned Doc-makers Set to Participate in

+ (May 04, 1998) Cannes Spawns Another Alternative, SLAMDUNK II

+ (Apr 02, 1998) Three Docs Snapped Up By Three Small Indie Distribs

+ (Mar 03, 1998) Love Letters — “Kurt” Doc Flourishes Thanks to Courtney —
Part 2

+ (Mar 02, 1998) A Letter from Courtney Love’s Lawyers Regarding a Screening
of “Kurt and Courtney”

+ (Mar 02, 1998) “Courtney” Screens in S.F. Despite Love’s Legal Threat —
Part One

+ (Jan 20, 1998) Park City 98: indieBUZZ ++ 1.20.98

+ (Jan 19, 1998) Park City 98: “Kurt and Courtney” Makes Long Awaited Debut

+ (Jan 18, 1998) Park City 98: indieBUZZ ++ 1.18.98

+ (Jan 16, 1998) In Love and War: Why Did Sundance Drop “Kurt and Courtney?”

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