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'Kurt and Courtney' now showing despite Love's efforts

Kurt Cobain
Cobain
 
April 13, 1998
Web posted at: 11:44 p.m. EDT (0344 GMT)

From Correspondent Dennis Michael

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Even in death, Kurt Cobain continues to stir controversy.

"Kurt and Courtney," an unauthorized documentary about Cobain, the late leader of the band Nirvana, and his wife, singer and actress Courtney Love, is moving into more theaters despite efforts by Love to quash the film.

The movie is playing at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. The Roxie's distributing subsidiary is engineering a modest rollout to other theaters in California.

Love managed to convince officials at the Sundance Film Festival to cancel a screening of the film there by threatening a lawsuit over the music rights.

The film now contains no Nirvana music, but Love continues to threaten legal action to stop its release.

"I think it would be really foolish of her to do so because one of the main things that the film is about -- I mean the film is obviously about Kurt Cobain and his death -- but it's also about all the attempts that have been made to try and stop people telling this story," said director Nick Broomfield.

Courtney Love
Love
 

The controversy over the film centers on questions raised by Broomfield's interviews over the facts surrounding the singer's death. Cobain committed suicide in April 1994 at his Seattle home.

"I don't think anyone who does a film or an in-depth story about Kurt Cobain and his death can ignore the fact that there are a number of people who believe that he was murdered, not the least of all a private detective that Courtney hired," Broomfield said.

"For seven months, he worked for her and he'd been on the L.A. police force, actually the sheriff's department, for nearly eight years," Broomfield said. "So he can't be dismissed as a kook or somebody who just met Courtney once and invented it all."

Love's legal team has been in touch with the film's U.S. distributor but hasn't taken any legal action so far. Broomfield says he believes Cobain's death was a suicide and says the film isn't an attack on Love.

"I certainly didn't go into the film with the intention of doing an anti-Courtney film," he said. "I went in, if anything, hoping to do very much what I did in the Heidi Fleiss film, which at the end, a very sympathetic portrait emerged," he said.

The film's release won't be limited to the United States. Capitol Films in the United Kingdom is preparing to release the film in Europe, including a screening at the 51st Cannes International Film Festival.

 
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