After a teaser earlier this week the full trailer has arrived for Whitney ahead of its world premiere at Cannes this Thursday. Whereas the teaser gave us an ebullient Whitney Houston rehearsing with backup dancers and showcasing her trademark vocals, the trailer gets into the meat of the documentary with emotional recollections of the late singer.
“Her voice, I was totally knocked out,” says music industry magnate Clive Davis, who aided Houston’s meteoric rise to stardom. But fame wasn’t always kind to the Grammy Award-winning artist.
The trailer touches on multiple hot-button issues that surrounded Houston, as a disembodied voice fires off questions about drug choice, addiction, her relationships with Bobby Brown and Robyn Crawford.
“Robyn was her safety net. Bobby was jealous,” an unidentified voice says. Another follows up, saying: “His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage. He wanted to be in the forefront, and eventually she stepped down to lift him up.”
Balancing the overall seriousness and somber tone of the trailer is a clip of Houston going in on another star of the times, Paula Abdul. “Paula Abdul ain’t shit,” she says. “That girls is signing off-key on the record.”
Of course, it’s Houston’s mother, Cissy, who closes the trailer. “She was beautiful,” she said, “her heart.” Whitney premieres this Thursday at Cannes and is slated for a theatrical release July 6. Watch, below.