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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)
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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 
 
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D.A. Pennebaker 
 
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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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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 »
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Bob Dylan:You know the audience that subscribe to TIME Magazine, the audience of people that want to know what's happening in the world week by week, the people that work during the day and can read it, its small, alright and it's concise and there's pictures in it...See more »
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Mean-spirited and brilliant, 16 October 1999
Author: Christopher Miroslaw from Kalamazoo, MI

Perhaps I'm biased -- Bob Dylan is quite possibly my favourite performing artist in the world. This very cinema-verite look at Dylan's 1965 tour of England offers both a serious justification of the man's genius and a very unflattering look at the costs and results of that genius. This was clearly not a happy time for Dylan, who rushes through most of the songs included here like a man who clearly wishes he were somewhere else. Not that the performances are poor (quite the contrary) but the heart and sincerity are quite obviously missing (note how "The Times they are a-Changin'" speeds up gradually but unmistakably throughout the film). The backstage material (the bulk of the film) shows Dylan being generally nasty to everyone around him, including Joan Baez (well, he's not nasty precisely, but he never really even acknowledges her presence), a newspaper reporter (the "science student") and basically anyone he comes in contact with.

In other words, this is not a portrait of the artist that I happen to like, but it is the truth (or at least it was at that time). In addition, Albert Grossman, Dylan's manager, is shown in possibly the least flattering light possible. A bonus is that the film begins with the brilliant 1965 promotional clip for "Subterranean Homesick Blues", and watch for the scene in a hotel room when Dylan and Bob Neuwirth sing "Lost Highway" - it's worth the price of admission.

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