The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy From... See full summary »
Portrait of the artist as a young man. In spring, 1965, Bob Dylan, 23, a pixyish troubador, spends three weeks in England. Pennebaker's camera follows him from airport to hall, from hotel room to public house, from conversation to concert. Joan Baez and Donovan, among others, are on hand. It's the period when Dylan is shifting from acoustic to electric, a transition that not all fans, including Baez, applaud. From the opening sequence of Dylan holding up words to the soundtrack's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," Dylan is playful and enigmatic. Written by
Several scenes in "Don't Look Back" were parodied, shot for shot, in Tim Robbins' film "Bob Roberts". These include the "Wife of the Sheriff of Nottingham" scene, and the segment in which Joan Baez is singing "Percy's Song" while Dylan composes on a typewriter in the background. In "Bob Roberts", Tim Robbin's is updating his investment portfolio on his computer while his lover sings about "Marching For Ourselves". Other unmistakable references include the "Subterranean Homesick Blues" parody and the motorcycle "accident". See more »
amazing to see Dylan performing the very songs I am still listening to
Been listening to a lot of Dylan recently and so I watched this again. Probably not seen it since video days and the only drawback that I remember from that viewing was that some of the dressing room/hotel room conversations were a bit inaudible. Much clearer now and what a superb documentary this is. Again, perhaps, particularly seeing it 45 years after it was shot it is amazing to see Dylan performing the very songs I am still listening to and seeing him in conversation and argument with pals and interviewers. How old the people sent to interview him now seem and how unprepared for the changing times. So fantastic to have such a document without over dubbed narration or nodding heads just a swirling camera glancing from face to face and following Bob down labyrinthine corridors until finally out of the darkness and onto the spotlight stage. Clapping and not screaming greets his songs and the relaxed and jokey style is a joy to watch. Not sure what my favourite bits are but apart from the stage songs there is a great exchange with a journalist from Time magazine and another with a university student/interviewer. Probably best for me, though, was the turn with Donovan who bravely performs a song in front of Dylan and his entourage to quiet appreciate and some success. But, Dylan then borrows his guitar and replies with a devastating performance of It's All Over Now Baby Blue. It wasn't over for Donovan for a few more years but it is still not yet over for the amazingly creative, Bob Dylan.
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