Amy Winehouse In New ‘Amy’ Trailer: ‘I’m Not A Girl Trying To Be A Star’
"Everyone must leave something behind when he dies," Ray Bradbury wrote in Fahrenheit 451, and in the case of the late Amy Winehouse, that has amounted to a legacy in music that's too great to be quantified.
Winehouse, who died in 2011 at 27 from a case of alcohol poisoning, represented an anti-pop star prototype throughout her short career, during which she won six Grammys (one posthumously): She was about as polished as a rusty spoon, and performed with a timber that seemed better suited for 1960s soul tracks. She somehow found her footing in Top 40, yet in the trailer for the upcoming Amy documentary, she explains that stardom was never a particular goal of hers.
"The thing is: I don't think I'm going to be at all famous," she says in the clip paired against footage that finds her recording in a studio booth, shying away from the camera in a car's backseat and fiddling with her necklace at a press event. "I'm not a girl trying to be a star."
Amy premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (May 16). The doc is "worthy of five stars by any critical measure," according to The Independent, which noted its chronicling of Winehouse's descent into drugs was symptomatic of a small-club crooner who was run off the rails by the pressure of a more massive career.
"If Winehouse had remained that jazz singer performing in small venues, her life might not have unravelled in the way that it did," Geoffrey Macnab wrote. "[Asif] Kapadia’s film is steeped in regret and grief over what became of its subject, but it never loses its sense of awe about what she achieved."
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