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Kurt on Film: A Guide to Cobain’s Cinematic Legacy

From ‘Montage of Heck’ to “inspired by” movies, here’s a complete breakdown of the Nirvana singer’s screen appearances

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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City on November 18th, 1993.

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While Montage of Heck will soon be considered the definitive Kurt Cobain documentary, it's not the only time the Nirvana singer has either appeared on the big screen or been a primary influence for a character in a film. In fact, the rock star's history with Hollywood goes back to late 1993, when Quentin Tarantino considered casting the Nirvana singer and his wife Courtney Love in the drug dealer roles later filled by Eric Stoltz and Rosanna Arquette in the 1994 classic Pulp Fiction. (Cobain later thanked "Tarentino, Quentin" in the In Utero liner notes.)

While the man who wrote "Smells Like Teen Spirit" missed out on co-starring in that particular pop-culture touchstone, his presence and essence has appeared in nearly a dozen films, whether it was grunge-era time capsules, unauthorized docs, or movies inspired by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend. Here's a quick breakdown of Cobain on film.

In This Article: Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana


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