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Dont Look Back -- Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

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24 February 1968 (Sweden) See more »
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Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Bob Dylan ... Himself
Albert Grossman ... Himself
Bob Neuwirth ... Himself

Joan Baez ... Herself
Alan Price ... Himself
Tito Burns ... Himself

Donovan ... Himself
Derroll Adams ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Alk ... Himself
Jones Alk ... Herself
Chris Ellis ... Himself (uncredited)
Terry Ellis ... Terry Ellis / Science Student (uncredited)

Marianne Faithfull ... Herself (uncredited)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (uncredited)
John Mayall ... Himself (uncredited)
Brian Pendleton ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
D.A. Pennebaker 
 
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D.A. Pennebaker 

Produced by
John Court .... producer
Albert Grossman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Howard Alk 
Jones Alk 
Ed Emshwiller 
D.A. Pennebaker 
 
Film Editing by
D.A. Pennebaker 
 
Music Department
Robert Van Dyke .... music recordist (as J. Robert Van Dyke)
 

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Also Known As:
"Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back" - Australia (TV title), International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Don't Look Back" - USA (orthographically correct title)
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96 min
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Trivia:
Contrary to popular belief, the title is not a reference to the lyric "She's an artist, she don't look back" from the song "She Belongs to Me". Pennebaker stated that he hoped Dylan knew he wouldn't do that.See more »
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Bob Dylan:Give the anarchist a cigarette.See more »

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28 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Brave portrait, 20 June 2001
Author: Schlockmeister from Midnight Movie Land

The documentary starts off well enough, Bob's famous alley video of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" in which beat poet Allen Ginsberg is seen gesticulating in the background. Then we see Bob and company arriving at Heathrow airport in London, prophetically singing "London Bridges falling Down" as they walk in. During this scene we see the first contradiction of the movie's main character. A passer-by who lights one of Bob's smokes asks him about what is different about him this tour, why is he so popular this time around in England. Bob brushes it off by indicating that he has no idea he is so popular and sort of indicating that he does not keep up with those mundane things. He then spends a lot of time in the film doing exactly that, stopping conversation to ask where he is placed in the charts and in reading his press.

It's hard to know how to take Bob Dylan in this documentary. Many of the interviews shown are ones given on the fly just before he goes on stage, and a certain amount of pre-show jitters and nervous reaction is probably to be expected. I would not want to interview a musician just before they are set to perform on strange stages in a foreign country. His interviews come across as a person who has been doing way too much of what we, in fact, see Bob doing all through the film, reading his own press clippings and being very impressed with what he finds. He comes across as a person who thinks he understands all, but is too deep to be understood in turn. So deep, in fact, that mere mortal reporters are not even worth taking the time to explain things to. He wastes the reporter's and the film audience's time playing verbal games, quibbling over choics of words in questions and in general coming across as far more self-important than he really is. This can be seen as anti-establishment, it can also be seen as being a plain old pain in the butt just because you can, to entertain your buddies.

Donovan is there, and is a presence from the start of the film. Bob is very aware of him, has been told that Donovan plays better than he does. Donovan was the British version of Bob and, at times, sold better than Bob did. They finally meet and trade songs, Bob sarcastically choosing to sing "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" right at Donovan. Joan Baez is there for a portion of the movie, beautiful and ignored by Bob and his entourage. Albert Grossman comes across as a bull in a China shop in England where the genteel older gentlemen who still handled promotion were absolutely no match for Grossman's New York tough guy ways. We see him on the phones, milking every last dollar he can from promoters.

Highly recommended documentary. For what it is worth, besides his music, this is about as close as anyone ever got to Bob Dylan. The film makers were wise in not asking any questions or directing anything, but just in letting Bob talk.

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