Portrait of an artist as a young man. Roughly chronological, using archival footage intercut with recent interviews, a story takes shape of Bob Dylan's (b. 1941) coming of age from 1961 to 1966 as a singer, songwriter, performer, and star. He takes from others: singing styles, chord changes, and rare records. He keeps moving: on stage, around New York City and on tour, from Suze Rotolo to Joan Baez and on, from songs of topical witness to songs of raucous independence, from folk to rock. He drops the past. He refuses, usually with humor and charm, to be simplified, classified, categorized, or finalized: always becoming, we see a shapeshifter on a journey with no direction home. Written by
Columbia/SME Records, Sony Music, and Bob Dylan's management gave Martin Scorsese access to its vaults, something Dylan has never given to any documentary filmmaker. See more »
Footage of the San Francisco Bay Bridge is included among footage of New York City illustrating Bob Dylan's arrival there. See more »
How many people who major in the same musical vineyard in which you toil, how many are protest singers? That is, people who use their music, and use the songs to protest the uh, social state in which we live today, the matter of war, the matter of crime, or whatever it might be.
Um... how many?
Yes. How many?
Uh, I think there's about uh, 136.
[People around him giggle. The reporter doesn't laugh]
You say ABOUT 136, or you mean exactly 136?
Uh, it's either 136 or 142.
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Beloved Be Faithful
Written by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl
Universal MCA Music Publishing and Lindabet Music Corp.
Performed by Lawrence Duchow and His Red Raven Orchestra
Courtesy of Sony BMG See more »
In this 3.5 hour documentary I learned more about Bob Dylan and the atmosphere around his music than I ever thought I would. The setting starts in his home town, moves to the Village in New York and then into history around the world. Bob Dylan's comments are interspersed throughout as he remembers and describes all the influences in his music and life. All my assumptions about Mr. Dylan were wrong and now I have renewed respect for him. I always liked his music but now I am seeing it in a new light. Throughout the movie Mr. Dylan just wanted to make music. Yet, the musical press kept categorizing and labeling him. The most humorous part was during the press conferences when Bob Dylan kept being peppered with questions about interpretations of his music that even surprised him. The movie ends right where it begins, with the music. Thanks to Mr. Scorsese and his associates for the great job they did.
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