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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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B.J. Rolfzen ...
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Dick Kangas ...
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Liam Clancy ...
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Anthony Glover ...
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Paul Nelson ...
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Himself (archive footage)
Dave Van Ronk ...
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Maria Muldaur ...
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John Cohen ...
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Bruce Langhorne ...
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Mark Spoelstra ...
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Suze Rotolo ...
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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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27 September 2005 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Martin Scorsese voiced the quotations of Bob Dylan's controversial speech made at the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee while receiving a Tom Paine Award. See more »

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

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Mickey Jones: People have said to me the word that, uh, he was a traitor to folk music, the *pure* music.
Bob Dylan: I'd just about had it, though, I'd had it with the whole scene. And, uh, whether I knew it or didn't know it, I was, uh, lookin' to quit for a while.
unknown: Well, what about the scene? What had you "had it with"? What about the scene were you sick of?
Bob Dylan: Uh, well, ya know, people like *you*, people like, uh, ya know, just, ya know, like bein' pressed and hammered and, uh, bein' expected to answer questions. It's ...
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Features Festival (1967) See more »

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Festival Of Flowers
Written by Pete Seeger & Jesus Monge
Peer International Corp.
Performed by Pete Seeger
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He's Younger Than That Now
20 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Well, it took a director as great as Martin Scorsese and 45 years of recording, travelling, ramblin' and bein' busy bein' born instead of dyin', but at long last Dylan fans from Dharma to Duluth have a glimpse behind the genius in the dark sunglasses. A remarkable film--for so many reasons that it would take at least 3 1/2 hours (the length of the movie) to list them--but the main reasons anyone with an interest in His Bobness needs to view this film are as follows: 1) Scorsese's direction: Almost 30 years after he chronicled the passing of a musical era with his magnificent film The Last Waltz, Scorsese once again captures musical brilliance and history on film as only someone who truly appreciates Dylan's historical as well as cultural influence could. A Master Director chronicles a Master Musician. 2) Archival footage of everyone you never saw before on film, including Gene Vincent, Hank Williams, and early 60's Greenwich Village pioneers aplenty and of course.. 3) Bob. For reasons known only to himself, Dylan actually speaks on record about his least favorite topic, himself. Along with last year's autobiography, this film reveals far more of the portrait of the artist as a young man than could ever have been anticipated given Bob's notorious closed-mouthed history on his own history.

With Elvis, Ray Charles and John Lennon gone, there are few--if ANY--artists whose historical and musical importance even come near that of Bob Dylan. In No Direction Home, we see as much, if not more, than we are entitled to see about how and why young Robert Zimmerman from Hibbing, MN became the most important songwriter of the 20th century.

He's got everything he needs--he's an artist--but just this once, he DOES look back.


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