In trademark Broomfield fashion, these are hardly comfy-chair, perfectly-lit interviews. Broomfield has long fashioned himself a guerrilla filmmaker; the type of person that combines courage with wide-eyed naiveté when hitting the streets for a new interview subject to talk to. In Cobain and Love's world, as viewed through Broomfield, Seattle is a city populated with drug addicts, misfits and shameless lowlifes looking to exploit Cobain's suicide for personal gain. It's disgusting. It's exploitative. And it's constantly fascinating.
Consciously or not, the film paints the duo as the Gen-X version of Sid and Nancy, with Love's influence over Cobain permeating every facet of the musician's life. Toward the end of the movie, when Broomfield storms the stage at an ACLU dinner honoring Love and publicly questions why she's tried to block the creation of his movie, he proves himself to be one of the brashest and most provocative filmmakers working today. Love him or hate him, the subject and characters in 'Kurt and Courtney' are endlessly watchable and always fascinating.
'Kurt and Courtney' is available for free at SnagFilms.com.