Trois coleurs: Bleu
and Marie-Claire Quin
Starring Juliette Binoche
Produced by Michèle Ray-Gavras
Music by Kurt Cobain
Editing by Jon Vesey
Art direction by Robert Fisher
Starring Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic,
and Ken Butler
Tilda Swinton, and Clancy Chassay
This movie blasts through its first 11 minutes with three hard-rocking, super-hooky songs. For fans of the musical group Nirvana, this is a major treat in that the songs are performed with satisfying energy that rivals the studio versions. As the concert progresses, we begin to admire lead member, lead vocalist, and guitarist Kurt Cobain. We think of his genius in penning the songs, in leading the band, and in being able to translate his emotions so well through groovy sonic waves. We are awed by the capabilities of his voice. It defies the odds. It always seems on the verge of collapsing, of running out of steam, of straining itself too far, he seems on the brink of screaming himself into silence. Yet it never does, he never does. Every throat-scraping scream, makes way for a desperate frustrated yell, a mocking deep-throated lilt, or possibly a soft, fragile falsetto.
We observe the band, admire their artistry, think of where they would go next, and we are awed by their synchronization, their unity. We are amazed at how they achieve one united, passionate feeling through four or five separate strong individualities, talents, and instruments. We yearn to have had Kurt last longer and develop even further. Then the cellist comes on stage and we become more aware of the audience. We see the mosh-pit fans who want to thrash around to cool, fast tunes, and we see the more passive fans who are there more for the tunes and less for the action. And we see Kurt, we think that he might be bored with the same raucousness and may be playing more for the artier portion of the audience. We understand the conflicting strains of the band, how they came from the punk esthetic which frowns on over-production and anything that gets in the way or clutters the rawness of the music.