‘Montage of Heck’ is a messy, unflinching, brilliant look at the life of Kurt Cobain

it was a brilliant piece of video that really makes you understand the pathos of someone who didn’t think he was a genius; he was just working through a bunch of things that we all do and claimed him.

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Montage of Heck, a documentary on the life of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, aired Monday night on HBO. It is a stunning, revelatory, fiercely intimate look into the life of the musician who took his own life in 1994.

The film uses never-before-seen footage provided by Cobain’s family and his wife Courtney Love to show a Cobain that was only hinted at before to the public. The footage also provides us with a glimpse into the life of a man who was marked as much by his fragility as he was his genius.

The film begins by navigating through Cobain’s painful childhood — his parents’ divorce, his hyperactivity and misbehavior leading him to be shuttled around between his parents, his aunts and uncles, and his grandparents. Using mostly home footage and shots of Cobain’s notebooks, we see the childhood of a young boy who is rejected at every turn.

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