Amy Winehouse burst onto the global stage as the most gifted jazz and soul singer of her generation, and she enjoyed enormous success for a few turbulent years. Recording only two full albums, she quickly spiraled downwards through a fatal mix of substance abuse, unhealthy relationships and a failure to handle her life as a celebrity.
And yet, despite telling so tragic a story, this documentary manages to let her musical talent shine in almost every scene. Director Asif Kapadia has assembled a montage that chronicles these turbulent years in minute detail, and the audience must wonder at the fact that such plentiful and intimate footage exists of her every moment. It is hard not to be touched by both her music, and the tragic fate that ended a remarkable career much too soon.
Introduction with director present at the screening on Friday.