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Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston remember Whitney Houston in powerful Whitney trailer

Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston remember Whitney Houston in powerful Whitney trailer

Released Wednesday morning - just ahead of Whitney's out-of-competition world premiere Thursday at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival - the extended preview features rare home movies and concert footage as well as intimate interviews with some of Houston's closest companions.

Some of the people who sat down for interviews include Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown, Arista Records founder Clive Davis (who discovered her), and Kevin Costner with whom she co-starred in The Bodyguard.

The project is described as an "unflinching portrait" of the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker and her family, and will shed "new light" on her personal life. And I thought that was a very unusual thing, and it kind of reminded me of people I'd seen who had suffered from abuse, just in their body language and their sense of holding something back. and then somebody mentioned it off-camera to me.

In one moment in the trailer, someone says Crawford was Houston's "safety net" while claiming Brown was "jealous" of Houston's success.

"He wanted to be on the stage". "And eventually, she (Houston) stepped down to lift him up". "Paula Abdul ain't shit", she says.




The film also aims to answer why Houston's family did not step in before she accidentally drowned in February 2012. Reid makes a bold statement in the trailer saying he wasn't aware of Houston's drug use.

For most of the documentary's running time, director Kevin Macdonald brings Houston's sadly curtailed life to the screen in a manner reminiscent of Amy, Asif Kapadia's 2015 documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse: It begins with the lovely voice and the career full of promise, and then come the drugs, the bad-influence husband, the grifting family members, and finally the tragic death.

"Then I (interviewed) Mary Jones, who was Whitney's longtime assistant. and she told me Whitney's point of view on this, and what Whitney had told her in detail, and how important she felt it was for understanding Whitney, but how scared everyone was to talk about it". But then I did two things.

Whitney arrives in theaters July 6.