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Arguably documentarian Nick Broomfield's most controversial work, 1998's 'Kurt and Courtney' examines the tenuous and fractured relationship between Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and his wife and Hole lead singer Courtney Love. On its surface, the film explores, through various interviews (though not with Love herself who tried to block the film's release), what led Cobain to take his own life on April 5, 1994. But what ensues are shocking, if not factually dubious, accusations that Love played a role in the singer's death. Arguably documentarian Nick Broomfield's most controversial work, 1998's 'Kurt and Courtney' examines the tenuous and fractured relationship between Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and his wife, Hole lead singer Courtney Love. On its surface, the film explores, through various interviews (though not with Love herself, who tried to block the film's release), what led Cobain to take his own life on April 5, 1994. But what ensues are shocking, if not factually dubious, accusations that Love played a role in the singer's death.

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.