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The incredible story of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving, and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.
Publisher: [Toronto] : [Mongrel Media], [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: 780.92 WINEH-K
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Dec 16, 2019

This 2-hour celebrity documentary takes a close-up look at the short, but ambitious, life of popular British singer/songwriter, Amy Jade Winehouse (1983-2011).

Through interviews, stills, and concert footage the viewer is given a fairly well-rounded perspective on what Amy Winehouse (and her music) was all about.

May 07, 2019

Very powerful documentary.
The destructive effect of drugs in the music industry is sad.

Nov 14, 2018

Most viewers are going to come to the film with some previous knowledge of Winehouse's talents, shortcomings and fatal flaw(s). This film adds detail and a timeline with names and faces as it goes into her personal story. Using a variety of sources the film aptly fleshes out these details as it explains her rise and fall. It's intersting to see how real life influenced her lyrics. A film that had no surprise ending, but a cautionary tale.

Showing both her good and bad sides as well as the good and bad influences of those around her the film seemed well balanced enough. However, the film made no mention of the reason of why she participated in the Grammy's via a live video feed from the UK instead of in person in the USA; the US government denied her entry due to her well known or suspected criminal drug activities. A detail that would have been easy enough to share and would have explained why the event took place in England instead of the USA. May be, it's another story unti itself, was simply overlooked or may be it's a sign that the film leaves out inconvenient details.

My major compliant is the high volume of the music portions compared to the low volume explanative or interview portions. Without constantly adjusting the volumne viewers are either bombarded with sound or left with whispers. A less varied range of volume would have been greatly appreciated.

Oct 11, 2018

The movie Amy, is a documentary about the life of famed jazz and pop singer, Amy Winehouse. It highlights the various ups and downs the singer experienced before her tragic death in 2011. Directed by Asif Kapadia, and produced by James Gay- Rees, it shows never before seen home videos shot by close family friends of the late blues singer, as well as interviews with close friends and relatives. To be completely honest, before watching this documentary, I had a vague idea of who Amy Winehouse was. I feel like this documentary gave a lot of insight to the real demons she was fighting throughout her successful career. This movie also showed the true horrors of fame, as well as drugs and alcohol. After watching this movie, I can truly and honestly say, no voice currently could compare to that of Amy Winehouse’s. I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary, and I would definitely recommend this to a friend. I would give this movie a 4/5 rating.
@TheCuriousBookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 16, 2018

Watching the movie "The Rose" (Bette Midler) which is supposed to be about Janis Joplin, I can draw some parallel between its story and Amy Winehouse's. Sad and tragic !

Dec 19, 2017

I can't remember if I've already commented on this movie -- but it's a fantastic documentary, which clearly shows Amy Winehouse's immense talent. I'm not a fan of soul/jazz/R&B in general, but she was amazing. A tragic loss, well-illuminated in this movie. The movie makes her boyfriend/husband seem like an incredible scumbag, but I can't say if it's 100% accurate, given his substance abuse issues.

Aug 22, 2017

Well. Was glad I decided to tackle this documentary. I was afraid it was going to be very superficial. Instead, I came away with an appreciation of this 'pop phenomenon' as an artist and human being. It's left me noticing how many contemporary artists have been influenced by her; or perhaps are just copying her... Not to be too snarky...

Jun 27, 2017

I was heartbroken when Amy Winehouse died. She was so much more talented than most popular musicians these days, that it felt like a real injustice. (Not that there is justice in the universe, but grief is not logical.) I remember the morning the news broke I spoke to someone (a singer) who said, somewhat dispassionately, that Winehouse was an accident waiting to happen. I felt offended by what she said at the time. But after seeing this extremely well edited documentary, I have to agree with her. Amy suffered from depression and taking drugs and drinking was her way of self-medicating. The film is well-balanced and takes you from the earliest days to the end. Best part is her singing in a recording booth doing Back to Black. It starts out just a capella then adds the backing track, first in part, then the whole thing. Makes the hair stand up....wherever you have hair. If you're a fan, this is unmissable. Even if you aren't a fan, this is highly recommended.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 26, 2017

This movie didn't cover Amy's story quite as well as I had hoped it would. However, it was lovely to see her perform and my heart just broke all over again to watch her struggle and know how it ended. For fans: if you have watched this and need more, look into the two biographies written by her parents, they give a way better look into who Amy really was outside of the fame and her struggle with addictions.

I love amy and I think she is way better than adele.

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