Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen has said that the structure of his ­documentary was inspired by Lenny, Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic about comic Lenny Bruce, another mythologized artist whose life ended tragically. The parallels are there, but visually and aurally, Montage of Heck, which debuts on HBO on May 4, feels like another '70s classic, Apocalypse Now, with a doomed central character named Kurtz, not Kurt.

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