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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 

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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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 ...
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He is one of the most influential, inspiration and ground-breaking musicians of our time. Now, Academy Awardâ"¢ winning director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, 1990) brings us the extraordinary story of Bob DylanâEUR(TM)s journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966.

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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

Footage of the San Francisco Bay Bridge is included among footage of New York City illustrating Bob Dylan's arrival there. See more »

Quotes

Allen Ginsberg: There is a very famous saying among Tibetan Buddhists: "If the student is not better than the teacher, then the teacher is a failure."
Allen Ginsberg: It's sort of a biblical prophecy.
Allen Ginsberg: Poetry is words that are empowered to make your hair stand on end, that you realize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it, because somebody has realized it. Then you call it poetry later.
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Features The Big T.N.T. Show (1966) See more »

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Go 'way From My Window
Written and Performed by John Jacob Niles
Music Sales Corp. and Piedmont Music Co.
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If "Ray" can be released theatratrically, why can't this?
18 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Surely Bob Dylan is just as influential as Ray Charles (if not more) and Scorsese has hemmed some of the finest films of the passed 30 years, but this is really a form of artist meets artist. Bob Dylan is interviewed and chronicled by none other than Martin Scorsese, and the results show the mending of two geniuses coming together. So what if it's a documentary? It's a fantastic film, and deserves a theateratrical release.

Scorsese doesn't cookie-cut it here, he doesn't give you the sympathetic look on an artist, it's not Hollywood in other words. He gives us a glimpse into a time period in Dylan's live. Could it be that Dylan has done and gone through so much, that a period of no more than 5 years can be edited into a 4 hour film? Yes. And it never feels stingy or overly long.

If you're a Dylan fan (which i am), this film is a MUST. If you're a Scorsese fan, this film is a MUST. If you're a film fan, this film is a MUST. A Great film, and will sure be on many top 10 lists. Now if they only released it theateratrically, maybe it'd be up for an Oscar.

But i'm sure Dylan doesn't mind. Maybe Scorsese does. :(


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