Cobain: Montage of Heck

Synopsis: An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.
Director(s): Brett Morgen
Production: Universal Pictures/HBO
  Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
145 min

Whoa, testing, one, two...

Go-go juice,

or motion-motion.

Beaver. Female.

Welcome to manned space exploration!

...Mercury spacecraft

is six feet in diameter

and nine feet tall.

'Cause I don't like your face.


Hey, come here.

I want...

I want you to see something.

Kurt's brain

was just constantly going.

He was always thinking

about something.

I mean,

there was always something going on.

You could just see it.

Party on, Wayne!

It was awe-inspiring,

but it was like,

"Oh, well, I guess I'm not...

You know, I guess I'm not all that special."

But, you know...

But then, as I grew up,

I'm like,

I'm so glad I don't...

I never got that genius brain.

Maybe he just felt praise

was hard for him to take, maybe?

And he didn't know

how to handle that.

So he would downplay it

all the time.

But that was his goal,

was to get to as perfect as he could,

as good as he could get.

Write as well as he could,

sing as well as he could,

play as well as he could.

And then when it all

came together...

- It's so...

- I can't say... It's too painful.

This is too painful.

You're gonna make it, man.

With the support

of his friends and family,

he's gonna make it.

And you read...

See the art, I mean,

a lot of his messages

are as plain as day.

You just...

I'm not even going to say what they are,

but you can see it.

And it's all there, and...

20/20 hindsight,

you're like, "Oh, my God,

why didn't I see that?"

or "I should have said something,"

but, you know, it's like...

Some say love

It is a river...

When I was an alien

Cultures weren't opinions

Gotta find a way,

to find a way

When I'm there

Gotta find a way,

a better way

I had better wait

Never met a wise man

If so, it's a woman

Gotta find a way,

to find a way

When I'm there

Gotta find a way,

a better way

I had better wait

Gotta find a way,

to find a way

When I'm there

Gotta find a way,

a better way

I had better wait

Gotta find a way,

to find a way...

When I'm there

Gotta find a way,

a way, way!



America was booming after the war,

and everybody had everything.

Even if you didn't have much,

you still had enough.

Aberdeen was a logging town

and a mill town.

And it was booming.

Wake up,

little Susie...

You saw everybody downtown

paying their bills or shopping.

It was a lovely,

awesome place to raise children.

My kids loved that town.

Wake up, little Susie,

and weep

The movie's over,

it's 4:

And we're in trouble deep

Wake up, little Susie

Wake up, little Susie...

So Don was working

at a gas station

over in Hoquiam.

You know, he had the black,

horn-rimmed glasses

and his ears

kind of stuck out a little,

and he had the crew cut

and that's not good on anybody.

I kind of helped him

with everything.

He didn't really know

what he was doing with style.

Well, I told you,


I guess, like,

we were more friends.

I didn't know

what falling in love was,

so I had never experienced it.

So I just thought because I liked him,

I loved him.

And so he got me an engagement ring,

and we got engaged.

You know, it was fun.

I mean, it was like,

"Okay, all those problems are behind me now.

I'm going

to have babies."

And I just couldn't wait

to get pregnant.

I mean, that was the goal.

And so I went to Dr. Ehrhart.

He said, "You're so young.

You just need to get on your

feet with being a housewife."

And, you know,

I just didn't listen

to anybody.

I used to think,

"Why did I marry Don Cobain?"

And it's like,

"No, everything really did happen for a reason."

Kurt had to be born.

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Brett Morgen

Brett D. Morgen (born October 11, 1968) is an American documentary film director, producer and social commentator. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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