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March 9, 2013
Jesse Bernstein found it amusing that young Germans were reciting the words to his poem "Come Out Tonight" at dance clubs in the 1980s. But this should not be surprising. His work is at once compelling, humorous, and disturbing. For example, his heartbreaking prose piece "Face." Both of these writings are featured in performance footage included in this well-crafted documentary film by Pete Sillen. Sweet, funny, and sad, the movie follows Jesse's complex life from precocious youngster in Los Angeles of the 1950s through various incarcerations to his involvement with the Grunge scene in Seattle before his suicide in 1991. Don't miss this glimpse into the life of an unsurpassed story-teller and extraordinary writer.
½ March 7, 2013
This is an extraordinary film about a gifted artist. A writer and poet in the tradition of William S. Burroughs, Jesse Bernstein was widely regarded as "The Godfather of Grunge." Exceptional on every level.
March 6, 2013
Punk before Punk, Bernstein was a true character, connecting the Beat generation to Seattle's Grunge. Hilarious, dangerous, and odd as hell, this film does a great job of bringing his story to life. Sillen's a great story teller and filmmaker.
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