‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Director Brett Morgen Condemns Focus on Singer’s Suicide
The highly anticipated documentary 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' will make its TV debut on HBO later this spring and though it is a film that humanizes the rock icon, you shouldn't expect Cobain's suicide to dominate the narrative.
Director Brett Morgen ends the film with Cobain's overdose in Rome, which took place a month prior to his suicide in Seattle. He tells The Daily Beast, “He was brain dead after Rome. He didn’t create any more art, and he took 50 Rohypnol pills. And the gossipy final 48 hours of Kurt? Anybody who really considers themselves a fan of Kurt Cobain and wants to focus in on the last few weeks of his life is not a f---ing fan; a f---ing gravedigger is what they are.”
However, what led to that overdose is definitely a part of the film. The movie paints a picture of how Cobain's life changed after his parents divorced. “I remember feeling ashamed,” Cobain says in the film. “I couldn’t face my friends at school anymore, because I desperately wanted to have the classic, you know, typical family.”
According to Courtney Love in the film, Cobain had tried to take his life with the overdose because she was "thinking about" cheating on him with someone else and Cobain could tell. "You take it from the shame and ridicule he felt with his family's divorce all the way through to the interview with Courtney where she talks about Kurt ending his life because he felt betrayed," says Morgen.
He concludes, "You realize that Kurt had put all of his eggs into this basket of Courtney and Frances, and family meant everything to him. When he felt that had been polluted, he took his life.”
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