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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 

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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself
B.J. Rolfzen ...
Himself (voice)
Dick Kangas ...
Himself
Liam Clancy ...
Himself
Anthony Glover ...
Himself (as Tony Glover)
Paul Nelson ...
Himself
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Himself (archive footage)
Dave Van Ronk ...
Himself (archive footage)
Maria Muldaur ...
Herself
John Cohen ...
Himself
Bruce Langhorne ...
Himself
Mark Spoelstra ...
Himself
Suze Rotolo ...
Herself
Izzy Young ...
Himself
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Himself
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When A&R man John Hammond is introduced, Billie Holiday, whom Hammond signed to Columbia Records, is heard singing the anti-lynching protest song "Strange Fruit." In truth, Hammond did not allow Holiday to record "Strange Fruit" for Columbia; she recorded the song for Milt Gabler's Commodore Records instead. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dylan: I was born very far from where I'm supposed to be, and so I'm on my way home.
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Connections

Features Festival (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

My Long Journey Home
Written by Charlie Monroe
Berwick Music Corp.
Performed by The New Lost City Ramblers
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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heart-stopping.
27 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Martin Scorcese makes another visually stunning film, and paints Dylan in a way nobody else could have. Instead of being asked stupid questions by stupid journalists, Dylan has a camera put in front of him and he just speaks. He's got a bit of a schedule, but he does what he wants with it. I really don't have words for how this movie made me feel. The sheer passion behind it just fueled my fierce love for Dylan even more.

The live bootlegs and behind-stage clips give a wonderful insight into Dylan's world. He is a man who just emanates coolness like it was the way he was born. It seems like nobody can ever have the upper hand on this man, and it's truly a delight to watch.

Beautiful.


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