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Renaldo and Clara (1978)

R | | Drama | 25 January 1978 (USA)
This epic is a mass amalgamation of three separate film-types that is, contrary to popular opinion, coherent and a unified whole. Bob Dylan is shown in concert, often masked, during the ... See full summary »

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Renaldo
Sara Dylan ...
Clara
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Woman in White
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Longheno de Castro
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Lafkezio
Bob Neuwirth ...
The Masked Tortilla
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The Father
Mel Howard ...
Ungatz
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The Son
Jack Baran ...
The Truck Driver
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Herself
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter ...
Himself
Anne Waldman ...
Sister of Mercy
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The Inner Voice (as T-Bone Burnett)
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This epic is a mass amalgamation of three separate film-types that is, contrary to popular opinion, coherent and a unified whole. Bob Dylan is shown in concert, often masked, during the Rolling Thunder Revue. The film also features documentary footage, including Ruben "Hurricane" Carter's struggle against the forces that have imprisoned him. The third element is fictional "role-playing" footage with Bob Dylan in the guise of guitar-strumming Renaldo and his wife Sara as his companion Clara. Ronnie Hawkins takes on the role of Bob Dylan in these sequences. The film includes footage of a visit to the grave of Jack Kerouac, an Allen Ginsberg poetry reading and various friends and acquaintances, namely David Blue (playing pinball by a swimming pool), discussing experiences on the road. Written by thustlebird

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When the film was originally released, its screenings were extremely limited. The film received very many condemning reviews and many theaters refused the screenings. The film was cut from its original four-hour length to a two-hour length, and what was left was mostly concert footage. This version was shown in more theaters than the original director's cut. The original four-hour cut would appear on European television some time later, on Channel 4. See more »

Quotes

The Truck Driver: Why are you so much in a hurry? Is the law after you?
Renaldo: I am the law!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits end with a minute-long title card reading "A Film by BOB DYLAN" directed after he is credited as writer and director. The closing credits are divided in three sections, separated by wide time gaps, played over a different artist performing. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Ballad in Plain D
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Bob Dylan
31 October 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Renaldo And Clara was hit hard by critics, but was a true testimont that Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) is the true modern leader of entertainment, and learder of social change.

P.S. I would also like to find somewhere where I can buy this movie.


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